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Gift and Donation Policy

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is grateful to individuals and departments who have enriched our collections through the years with book, journal, and material donations.


Currently, the Library is not accepting journal donations due to space and staffing limitations. The Library’s collection development philosophy has also shifted from away from acquiring print to providing access to online journals.


The Library is currently accepting gifts of books and non-print materials. Gifts often supply the Library with additional copies of heavily used resources or replacement copies of damaged or missing items. They are also a source for historically significant or rare works.

Of particular value are works published within the past ten years in the health sciences, in good physical condition, and without excessive marking. Newly published books are especially welcome. The Library reserves the right to add to our collections only those items that meet our current needs. Gifts not added to our collection will be, at the library’s discretion, donated to other libraries or agencies, sold, or discarded.  Because the Library is not permitted (by Federal tax regulations) to provide an evaluation or appraisal of gifts, please consult a tax professional or appraiser prior to donation.

A list of potential gift materials will help us make a decision about your donation.  Please email a list to Khadija El-Hazimy in the Collection Development and Management department.


Questions about the donation of historical materials (pre-1920 publications) should be directed to Melissa Grafe, the Librarian for Medical History.

Monetary gifts are always welcome! Such gifts allow us to purchase special items or support programs that are beyond our normal means. Consider our Adopt a Rare Book program or membership in the Associates or other ways to give.

Material donated to the Library becomes the property of the university and can be used or disposed of as we see fit. Appraisals of gifts are the responsibility of the donor.  We are happy to provide an acknowledgement letter.