Library Book Donations

Library Material Donations

The Library welcomes gifts of books, maps and other materials that extend and complement existing collections. Indeed, the Library relies heavily upon donors to help sustain its growth, many of the Library's most valuable resources and special collections originated in this way.  The same criteria used for the purchase of new materials are applied when gifts are reviewed. In both cases, the decision is based upon the demands, present and anticipated, of the University’s programs of teaching and research.

Acceptance Statement

Gifts of materials are accepted by the Library with the understanding that, once received, they are owned by the University. The Library reserves the right to determine their retention, location, cataloging treatment and other considerations related to their use or disposition. 

The Library is Interested in Donations of

  • Books, publications, technical materials, papers, photos, memorabilia and small artifacts that support our four Special Collections:
  • Russell L. & Lyn Wood Mining History Archive
  • Colorado School of Mines History Archive
  • Tell Ertl Oil Shale Repository
  • Center for Ropeway Studies (ski lifts, materials tramways, etc.)
  • Geologic maps, mining maps, petroleum-related maps, non-U.S. maps
  • Aerial photographs of Colorado
  • U.S. Bureau of Mines materials from the 1990s
  • U.S. Geological Survey, Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, and Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories materials from 1872 to 1920 

Materials which fall outside of the scope listed above are not generally accepted.

How to Make a Donation

To give a gift to the Library, contact:

The Library Representative will discuss the materials with the donor and indicate whether or not the gift would be of value to the Library.

  • In order to help make such a decision, a list of the items to be donated is very useful. In addition, the gift may have to be examined.
  • If the Library agrees to accept the donation, items must be boxed and delivered to the Library at a pre-arranged day and time. There are times when we are not able to accept donations or deliveries.
  • We will provide a Gift Agreement form [SamplePDF versionText only version  ] that is acceptable to the IRS. Please review.
  • IRS rules prohibit us from assigning value to donated materials. Web sites for researching book values include amazon, alibris, abebooks, and others.
  • Sorry, we are not able to do pickups or offsite reviews of collections, or pay shipping costs.

Donors with items of unusual value and/or with independent formal appraisals should consult  Give to the Library

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