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A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center Gift Acceptance Policy

Southwestern University gratefully accepts gift books and other materials. We must, however, accept these gifts conditionally, as follows:

  1. Donation of books, CDs, and DVDs: At this time, the library regrets that donations for the circulating collection of books, CDs, and DVDs can only be accepted on a very limited basis. Library donors are very important to us, and book and media donations received over the years have helped meet the needs of Southwestern University‚Äôs students and faculty. 

    Potential donors are asked to contact Dana Hendrix, Head, Collection Development and Acquisition at, or Kathryn Stallard, Head, Special Collections, at with questions about possible donations.
  2. Books added to our collection will become subject to library policies and regulations, and will be integrated with existing holdings, normally according to subject matter.
  3. If you need a statement of value of your gift for tax purposes, please obtain this before your gift is received by the University. As an interested party, Southwestern cannot provide an appraisal for you. We will be glad to provide the names of professional appraisers and/or used-book dealers who can assign a dollar value to your gift.

When we add gift books to our collection a gift plate will be placed in each book giving the name of the donor, and when requested, the name of the person(s) in whose honor or memory the gift is made.