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. However, the library does not accept unsolicited gifts or those dropped off at the library without prior contact. Interested donors must fill out our online gift agreement form or contact Douglas Black, Collection Development Librarian, or Rebekah Irwin, Director of Special Collections & Archives.
Thank you for considering a gift to the Middlebury Libraries.
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. 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to the library are accepted with the understanding that items that do not fall within the scope of the library may be withdrawn, sent to other libraries in need, sent to the Internet Archive for digitizing, or sold, providing revenue for the acquisition of new library materials.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 and IRS regulations, 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 donation, please complete the Middlebury Library Gift Agreement Form. This form provides us with initial information on the gift offer and records the details of your gift, if accepted, for Middlebury’s records.
Collection Development Librarian
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 and Archives.
Director, Special Collections and Archives
Middlebury gratefully accepts monetary contributions directed to the development of its Library collections, including Special Collections and Archives.
If you would like to make a donation, we recommend online donations to the Middlebury Libraries by credit card.
You can also send a check, payable to Middlebury College:
Office of Advancement
700 Exchange Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
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 Books
If the Middlebury 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.
- Better World Books
For additional ideas, visit the American Library Association’s fact sheet on donating books to needy libraries