Donations Policy

Holyoke Community College Library is pleased to accept donations of books and other material that support the mission of the library and complements its collection. Donated material is treated as new acquisitions and is evaluated by the same standards used in the selection of new purchases.

Academic libraries have specific needs that exclude items that people often wish to donate. In most cases, the library will not accept textbooks, standard editions of classical works already in the collection, mass marketed paperbacks, condensed books, unauthorized or non-commercially produced CDs, DVDs, VHSs, and other digitized material. The library will not accept most periodicals unless an issue fills a specific gap in the current print collection. Material that is highlighted, damaged, stained, moldy, or brittle will not be accepted.

Upon receipt of material, the library becomes the owner of the donation and, as such, reserves the right to determine its retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to its use, maintenance, and removal.

All materials are considered non-cash charitable donations. The library is happy to provide a letter of acknowledgment but cannot provide appraisals of value or itemized lists.

People who wish to make a donation to the library are encouraged to contact the Dean of Library Services to discuss the suitability of the donation.

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Holyoke, MA 01040 
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