Gift/Donation Policy


The PSC Library welcomes donations and gifts. However, per our policy, the library reserves the right to accept or reject any or all gifts. Once accepted, gifts become library property and are subject to all library policies including de-selection. The library dean, with the assistance of the librarians, will designate appropriate library staff to evaluate each item and determine if it is appropriate for the library collection.

All donated items will be subject to the same selection criteria as items purchased for the collection. Once an item has been donated to the library, the library will not return the item to the donor. The library cannot appraise or otherwise place a value upon donations for tax purposes.

There are some additional guidelines that apply to donations. Condition is very important. Please do not donate items in the following conditions:

  • Damaged (including broken bindings, missing pages, water damaged)
  • Dirty, soiled, or defaced
  • Moldy, musty, or mildewed
  • Signs of insect or vermin infestation
  • Excessive underlining, writing, or highlighting

Materials the Library Needs

  • Hardcover non-fiction books published in the last 5 years
  • Scholarly items pertaining to local communities
  • Items of value that can support specific programs
  • Classic paperback books (in good condition)

Materials We Do Not Accept

  • Textbooks
  • Paperback books more than 3 years old
  • Computer or IT books more than 3 years old
  • Test prep books older than the current year
  • Law books more than 5 years old
  • Travel guides more than 2 years old
  • Health and medical books more than 5 years old
  • Abridged or condensed books (Reader’s Digest)
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines or newspapers
  • Video or audio cassettes
  • Self-published items
  • Workbooks or study guides
  • Computer software