Middlebury Library Gift Policy

The Middlebury College Libraries accept gifts of books, archives, manuscript collections, and other materials that enhance and enrich its current collections and serve the dynamic needs of students. 

Our collections were built with the participation of generous donors and friends. We appreciate the intentions of our donors in considering gifts of materials to the Library. The Library may decline to accept certain gifts, including those which are not within the scope of its collections, that duplicate existing material in the Library's collections, or those whose condition would require extensive preservation before they could be added to the collection. Unfortunately, the Library is subject to space, staff, and resource limitations that can affect our ability to accept any and all gifts of materials.

All gifts to the Library are accepted with the understanding that items that do not fall within the scope of the Library may be withdrawn, sent to other libraries in need, or sent to Better World Books, providing revenue for the acquisition of new Library materials. 

If an appraisal is required for income tax purposes, arrangements for and costs associated with the appraisal are the sole responsibility of the donor. As a matter of policy, the Library, as an interested party, does not appraise gifts intended for it. Donors are encouraged to discuss their donations and appraisals with their attorneys or tax advisors.

Middlebury Library Gift Agreement Form

Prior to a significant donation, you may be asked to complete the Middlebury Library Gift Agreement Form. This form records the details of your gift for Middlebury's records.

Contact information for gifts to the Library:

Douglas Black, Head of Collections Management

Special, Rare, or Valuable Materials

Donations of rare books or manuscripts, alumni memorabilia, and other significant materials related to Middlebury College history are accepted in consultation with Special Collections & Archives. 

Contact information for gifts to Special Collections & Archives:

802.443.2387 or email at specialcollections@middlebury.edu

Monetary Contributions

Middlebury College gratefully accepts monetary contributions directed to the development of its Library collections, including Special Collections & Archives. Please alert us if you are considering establishing a named fund in support of the Library so that we may discuss how we may fulfill your objectives. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Middlebury College Advancement:

Gift Administration
Middlebury College
5 Court Street
Middlebury, VT 05753-6014

You can also give online:

Acknowledgement and Receipt

The Library will acknowledge each gift with a letter of receipt, upon request. However, while the receipt will include the number of items donated it will not include an itemized inventory.

Alternative Destinations for Your Books

If the Middlebury College Libraries decline your gift, here are some suggestions for selling or donating your materials:

  • Your local public library
  • Local used books stores
  • H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty's Effects), a not-for-profit located in Middlebury, Vermont.  (This link is to their Facebook page.)
  • Better World Books 
  • For additional ideas, visit the American Library Association’s fact sheet on donating books to needy libraries

Thank you for considering a gift to the Middlebury College Libraries. 

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