Make a Donation
The Caltech Library welcomes gifts of information materials that support the educational and research interests of the Institute. Monetary donations are also accepted by the Library Administration Office or the Caltech Development Office and are used for the purchase of library materials or equipment for the improvement of library services or facilities.
The library accepts only unconditional donations having no special restrictions such as placement, treatment, or any other requirement. The library reserves the right to refuse gifts outright and to dispose of donated material according to its needs. All donated materials will be reviewed by appropriate personnel and only those materials that meet the needs of the library and that are in good physical condition will be added to the collection.
Gifts up to 10 books can be dropped off at Millikan Circulation Desk (1 st floor of the Millikan Library) with no advanced notice. Larger donations require prior arrangement; please call 626-395-6401. Once offered and accepted, donations become the property of the Library and cannot be returned to the donor.
The Library Office acknowledges the gift by letter with a count of the items received. If the donor provides an itemized list of the donation, it will be included with the acknowledgement. Library personnel will not provide appraisals or estimates of the value of donated materials. It is the donor’s responsibility to place a value on gifts items as required for tax reporting purposes. Donors are referred to IRS publication # 561 for further information.
Guide for Donating Materials from Faculty Offices
- The library values donations of books & technical reports. General gift policies apply, see above. Books not added to the library's collection are directed to the Friends book sale rack in the bookstore where students, with their ID, have the opportunity to purchase them at a very reasonable rate.
- The library cannot accept journals. If, however, you feel you have something rare or potentially unique, please do contact the subject librarian for your area.
- For personal papers, please contact the Caltech Archives.
- If you have questions, please contact your liaison librarian or library AT library.caltech.edu. If you want to arrange drop off at the library or pick up of materials on campus, call 626-395-6401.
Revised June 25, 2009