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 Friends of the Caltech Libraries. Donations help fund the purchase of library materials and equipment, or for the improvement of library services and facilities.
The Library only accepts unconditional donations that have 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 of up to 10 books can be dropped off at Millikan Circulation Desk (1st 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.
If requested, the Library acknowledges gifts by letter with a count of the items received. Library personnel will not provide an itemized list, appraisals or estimates of the value of donated materials. If the donor provides an itemized list of the donation, it will be included with the acknowledgement. It is the donor’s responsibility to place a value on gift 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 appreciates donations of books & technical reports. General gift policies apply, see above. Books not added to the Library's collection are directed to the Friends of Caltech Libraries for sale.
- 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 email library AT caltech.edu. If you want to arrange drop off at the library or pick up of materials on campus, call 626-395-6401.
Revised February 04, 2014