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Gifts of Books

Donating Books 

We’re grateful you’re considering the Cal State LA University Library in your donation process. If you are interested in contributing to our Special Collections and Archives department, please contact Azalea Camacho directly. 


Gifts of Books

Generally, current non-fiction books which fall within the scope of the current Cal State LA curriculum are the most appropriate materials to donate for the collection of the University Library. Unfortunately, with few exceptions, the following types of material will not be added to the Library's collection:

  • Subjects/areas that are outside the current Cal State LA curriculum
  • Textbooks not in use
  • Self-help or do-it-yourself books
  • Mass market/trade paperbacks
  • Duplicates and/or earlier editions of titles owned by the Library (unless they're high-use titles or in pristine condition)
  • Materials in very poor physical condition and/or beyond repair
  • Professional libraries (e.g., superseded legal or medical materials)
  • Media materials in formats not collected by the library (i.e. audio cassettes, 8mm & 16mm films, L.P. records, VHS videocassettes, etc.)
  • Most popular periodicals & short-runs or individual copies of journals
  • Foreign language publications in languages not included in the curriculum

Faculty who feel that their donation has special merit should consult with the appropriate Library Faculty Liaisons from their college.

Upon receipt, materials donated to the Library become the property of the University. Gifts are assumed to be given without condition; any conditions placed upon an offered gift must be negotiated before delivery. The Library reserves all rights to determine addition to the collection or disposal of gifts. Items not added to the collection may be given to other libraries, sold to raise money to purchase other items, or given away for free to patrons at the Cal State LA Library. If you have any questions about donations of books to the Library, please contact Alicia Guzman.


Acknowledgments & Appraisal of Value

Upon request, an acknowledgment of donation will be sent to the donor several weeks after its receipt. The acknowledgment confirms the gift only -- It is not an inventory and does not place a value on the gift for tax or other purposes. We are not qualified to provide tax advice, and it is considered a conflict of interest for the Library to appraise the gifts we receive. Appraisals, if desired, must be conducted by a third party prior to the delivery of the gift.

If an acknowledgment is desired, provide a filled out the Gift Book Acknowledgement Form and we'll mail the letter of acknowledgment.  



All gift donations must be delivered to the Library. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to pick-up items. Gifts of less than 100 items may be left at the Service Desk, 1st Floor, Library North. Gifts of more than 100 volumes must first be reviewed by a Library representative prior to being accepted/delivered.


Other Gifts

  • Periodicals: Patrons interested in graciously subscribing to a journal on behalf of the Library should contact Library E-resources. Subscription prices for institutions are often much higher than they are for individuals.
  • Archival or Special Collections: Proposed gifts of archival-type material (i.e. files, personal papers, manuscripts, rare books, ephemera, etc.), should be directed to Mario Ramirez.
  • Monetary & Other Donations: For inquiries concerning other kinds of donations, such as monetary contributions, endowment funding, bequests, and gifts of art, furniture, equipment, etc., please contact Marla Peppers.