All gifts of materials support the mission of the library and are greatly appreciated. Hundreds of titles new to the collections, and within the library’s collecting scope, are added through gifts annually.
Those gifts not added to the library’s holdings also strengthen the collections through exchange programs with institutions in foreign countries. Some gifts are offered at the Friends of the UW-Madison Library semiannual book sales. Proceeds from sales help fund special purchases and projects.
Gifts of major research collections have been instrumental in developing the reputation of campus libraries as international centers of scholarship in such diverse areas as the history of science, European history, apiculture (bee culture), and contemporary literature. Each volume in a major gift added to the collections receives a commemorative bookplate noting the name of the donor.
The Internal Revenue Service requires that donors whose gifts are valued at more than $5,000 have a qualified appraisal prepared within sixty days prior to making a contribution. The appraisal itself is tax-deductible. Gifts to the libraries are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
We are prohibited by university policy and the Tax Reform Act of 1984 from participating in the direct appraisal of gifts. The library has available sources of appraisal information such as book auction records and dealer’s catalogs.