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Gift Policy

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information and Technology Center (ASL) welcomes cash and in-kind donations, as well as personal book collections. Monetary gifts are welcome for the purchase of specific items consistent with the ASL Collection Development Policy.

Introduction

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information and Technology Center (ASL) welcomes cash and in-kind donations, as well as personal book collections. Monetary gifts are welcome for the purchase of specific items consistent with the ASL Collection Development Policy.

All materials given to the ASL are evaluated by the same standards as purchased materials. The ASL reserves the right to dispose of any portion of a gift that does not meet collection development criteria. Any item donated cannot be returned to the donor if not selected to add to the collection. Gifts offered with restricting conditions may require a gift agreement, as determined by the Vice President for Information Services/University Librarian or his/her designee(s). The ASL determines final disposition of gifts or donations.

Monetary Donations

Monetary contributions to ASL may support the purchase of books, materials or other programs, events, etc. necessary to maintain the ASL’s status as a premier facility. All contributions to NSU are tax deductible. NSU and the ASL accept contributions of cash, stocks, or other appreciable assets. In addition, NSU encourages people to consider including NSU and the ASL in their estate plans.

Personal Book Collections or In-Kind

The Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center accepts donations of books, DVDs, CDs (these must be original productions, not reproduced from another medium), audiobooks on CD only, manuscripts, photographs, equipment, realia, artifacts, or other documents from personal collections.

Memorial/Tribute Book Donations

A donation to the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center may be in the form of a memorial or tribute to an individual, or a commemoration of a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary, or graduation or other event. The library respectfully requests a minimum contribution of $50 per book.

Once a donation is received, the ASL will send an acknowledgement to the family of the honored person(s), notifying them of the gift. Each book purchased through a memorial/tribute donation will bear a personalized bookplate and an electronic bookplate commemorating the person or event.

In-Kind Donations

The Collection Development Department of the ASL receives all in-kind donations. Anyone wishing to make in-kind contribution may contact either the ASL Director of Collection Development or the Director of Development in the Office of Advancement and Community Relations. To donate materials to NSU, please call the ASL Collection Development Department at (954) 262-4542. If requested, we will arrange for NSU’s Physical Plant to pick up the items. The appropriate subject specialists and the Director of Collection Development will review all donated materials.

Prior to accepting, any in-kind gift donations of books, rare books, manuscripts or other items, these must be evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate ASL staff members, in conjunction with the Director of Collection Development.

NSU does not provide appraisals of materials. Items not retained in our collection will be sold through books sales, given away, or sent to agencies that donate books based on need. Please contact the ASL’s Collection Development Department before pursuing any in-kind gift donations that will be accompanied by appraisals.

Acknowledgement Letters

ASL can accept in kind gifts without the official NSU Deed of Gift form filled out by the donor. In order to receive acknowledgement and gift credit, the donor must fill out the Deed of Gift form.

The NSU’s Office of Advancement and Community Relations officially acknowledges all cash donations to NSU. The ASL will acknowledge Deed of Gifts valued by the donor at $4,999 or below. The NSU Office of Advancement and Community Relations will acknowledge in-kind gifts at or above $5,000 accompanied by an official appraisal.

Appraisals

The ASL will not appraise gift materials. The library is prohibited by conflict-of-interest concerns from providing estimates of monetary value for any donation It is up to the donor to estimate the value of their collection. If desired, appraisals should be sought from qualified third parties. ASL adheres to all Federal and State regulations governing donations, including rulings on appraisals for tax deduction. Donors must comply with all IRS regulations in force before delivery of gifts or donations to NSU. The acceptance of a gift that has been appraised by the donor or a third party in no way implies the library’s endorsement of the appraisal.

Donations Not Accepted

No materials should be brought to the library for donation that contain any hint of mold, tobacco smoke, mildew, pests (insects or mice), highlighted text or other scribbling. Any material that is damaged by water, missing pages, has yellowed paper, is ripped or torn or showing extensive wear will not be considered for addition to the collection.

  • The library does not accept National Geographic magazines or daily or weekly news magazines such as Time, Newsweek, People, etc.
  • The library does not accept VHS tapes or audio cassettes tapes.
  • Only current medical or legal material will be considered.
  • Materials in outmoded formats (8-track tapes, 5.25 inch computers disks, LPs, Betamax) are not accepted.
  • Electronic materials requiring dated software are not accepted.