Guidelines For Acceptance Of Gift Materials

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, acceptance of gift materials has been suspended until further notice.

The University Libraries welcomes donations of books and information in other formats that enhance the Libraries ability to support the teaching and research missions of the University.

  • Gifts are accepted with the understanding and agreement that the Libraries makes all necessary decisions as to retention, use, and discard.
  • A list that includes title, author and date of publication must be prepared by the donor for the Libraries to check for duplicates already in the collection before any items can be accepted. The only exception is if the donations are already housed in a faculty office or elsewhere on the UNLV campus where a library liaison can physically examine them prior to possible transfer to the Libraries.
  • For the main Lied collection, there is interest in new, high quality, scholarly books and items in other formats. Other collections (see below) have more specific interests.
  • Items generally not needed include magazines and journals, newspapers, or anything in poor physical condition.
  • Materials dropped off at the Libraries without previous communication with Continuing Resources & Collections will not be added to the collections.

Contact us

Please contact the Head of Continuing Resources & Collections at 702-895-2133 if you are thinking about donating items for the collection.

Other Libraries

Special Collections and Archives

Please note that Special Collections (located in Lied Library) has a separate gift policy and procedures. If donors have gifts that would possibly strengthen the materials in Special Collections, they should contact them directly at 702-895-2234.

Health Sciences Library

Learn more about the Health Sciences Library policy for the donation of gift materials.

Appraisal and acknowledgement

Staff of the University Libraries cannot provide appraisal of value for books or other materials. Written acknowledgement will be provided on request.

Delivery and pickup

Delivery and pickup must be discussed with the Head of Continuing Resources & Collections, 702-895-2133, or their designate. Pickup is not offered beyond the UNLV campus. Campus pickup may be available but must be negotiated.

Monetary gifts

We gratefully accept monetary gifts for use in building the collections or other purposes. Please contact Libraries Development at 702-895-2286 or use the online donation giving form.

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