Gifts Program and Criteria
Donations of scholarly materials that enhance the instructional and research
needs of the Georgetown University community are welcome and encouraged.
The Library will consider with enthusiasm all offers of books, manuscripts,
or other recorded thought, that fall within the Library's collecting policy.
The University has benefited greatly from the many generous donations which
have contributed to its important research collection. These gifts are essential
to the continued development of regular stack material, but in particular
to our special collections.
The Library accepts gifts with the aim of enriching
research and special collections, graduate and undergraduate
studies. The primary purpose is to acquire materials
that will be added directly to its collections.
Gifts are accepted with the understanding that the Library will dispose of
anything not needed for the collection. Items that do not fall within the scope
of the university library are frequently sent to other libraries in need or
sold at the library's book sales, which provide revenue for the acquisition
of library material. Written acknowledgment is available which will list the
number of items donated, but not each title.
Tax Deductions and Appraisals
The Library adheres to the provisions and implications of current U. S. tax
regulations. Library staff members cannot appraise gifts for the tax purposes
of the donor. This is the responsibility of the donor; the fee for professional
appraisals is tax deductible. The Library will provide a list of appraisers,
should the donor desire.
For additional information regarding gifts you may contact
Marshall, Head of the Collection Development Department, or Karl
Associate University Librarian for Collections
and Technical Services.
Support for the University Arts Collection is welcome
and encouraged with the intention of developing the intellectual
endeavors of the University in the fine arts field. The
Library wishes to develop an appreciation of its collections
along with an awareness of the accompanying preservation
responsibilities. Acceptable art material is that which
will enhance the existing collections or add to the scholarly
pursuits of the University. All gifts will be considered
by the Library with this goal in mind.
Those not familiar with the University Art Collection
may wish to visit its website.
The paintings and decorative art owned by the university
the result of charitable giving,
and the growth of the collection must
rely on the continued generosity of donors.
This type of giving may take many forms, but generally
the following are most prevalent and desirable:
Paintings. The existing collection is small but quite
significant, with a concentration in Baroque art and
in portraiture. We are actively seeking donations which
will bring depth to our American and European 19th and
20th century holdings, but quality works from all periods
Fine Prints. The current collection is very important,
significant in size and concentrates on American late
19th and 20th century works. We continue to expand this
Objects of art. Highlights from the collection include
17th century church silver and ceramics from Asia and
America. We welcome objects in good condition with some
Bequests. Designating the Library's
Special Collections as a beneficiary of your will can
meaningful way to support the growth of
the University's teaching and
educational collections. Charitable bequests
are an important part of estate planning
and can enable many donors to
make a more significant gift than they
are able to do outright. By making a gift
through your will, you can
have a lasting impact on future generations.
A donation of this type can also be a
unique way of honoring friends,
family, and special individuals.
Tax Deductions and Appraisals:
Georgetown University is a 501(c)3 charitable educational organization, and
as such, all noncash contributions are tax deductible. For specific details
on tax regulations governing charitable contributions, consult IRS Publication
As stated in this document, to claim gifts valued over $5,000, the donor must
obtain a third party appraisal. While the Library will acknowledge gifts in
the form of an official letter, for ethical reasons we are not permitted to
provide an appraisal. However we will assist in any way possible and help expedite
the appraisal process through a qualified appraiser selected by the donor.
In most cases we can recommend appraisers in the area, or you may wish to consult
the following web sites:
Society of Appraisers
Association of America, Inc.
Society of Appraisers
Questions about gifts for the University Arts Collection
should be made to LuLen
Art Collection Coordinator.
For all other support, in the form of case,
endowments, or specific inquiries, please
Debus-Lopez, Associate University
Librarian for Collections and Technical
These guidelines were last updated 12/13/2005.