for the Max E. Benitz Memorial Library

Donation Policy

Since we opened, we have depended upon the generosity of donors to add classic works to the WSU Tri-Cities Library collection. While the librarians have continuously purchased important new works for our faculty and students, donors supplement those selections with hard to find, out of print books.

We continue to accept academic book donations, but we do so selectively. The library follows the gift policy established by the WSU Libraries.

In addition, keep in mind the following preferences when considering donating items to the library:

  • Books should be in good shape. We prefer items with sound binding, free of mold and mildew, and without highlighting or writing.
  • Textbooks and duplicate copies are rarely added to the collection.
  • Titles older than 10 years should have enduring value in the discipline as a classic work.
  • Items must support existing or planned campus academic programs. Librarians refer to the collection development policy to determine suitability of donations to the collection.
  • English language items are preferred with the exception of materials supporting foreign language courses.

Donors should understand that all gifts become property of the library, and library faculty will evaluate whether to add the items to the collection. Any items deemed outside the scope of the Tri-Cities collection are offered to other regional libraries, including the other three WSU campus libraries and academic libraries in the Northwest.

All donors must fill out a donation form transferring rights to the WSU Tri-Cities Library.  The WSU Tri-Cities Advancement Office will acknowledge their tax-deductible gift. At that time, donors may choose to donate anonymously if they wish.

We readily accept small donations (10 books or less). Donors with large gifts should consult to see if the donation fits within the Library’s collection needs.  We may request the opportunity to evaluate the titles on site or request a title list before accepting the gift.

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