Donations Policy

Musselman Library appreciates financial and in-kind gifts. Please review the guidelines on this page regarding donation of books, financial contributions and donation of rare and unique materials.

Book Donation Guidelines

The library accepts donations of books from members of the Gettysburg College community including but not limited to: faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees that meet the following criteria:

  • New or like new condition (no dust, dirt, mold, markings, highlighting, annotations, etc.)
  • Hard cover or “trade” paperbacks only (no mass-market paperbacks)
  • Not already in the library collection in print format
  • Relevant to the current curriculum
  • Appropriate content level for undergraduates
  • English language or language currently taught at the college

We do NOT accept:

  • Textbooks
  • General encyclopedias or reference sets
  • Magazine or journal issues
  • Most media (VHS tapes, DVDs, and CDs, cassettes, etc.)

Donations become the unconditional property of Musselman Library. Donors, their heirs, and/or their representative(s) waive all present and future rights relating to the donation, its use, and/or disposition. Gifts not added to the collection may be sold, donated to other libraries, or recycled at the library’s sole discretion.

Financial Contributions

Financial contributions support student internships as well as purchasing library materials and processing collections. Please visit Giving to Musselman Library to learn about the many ways to contribute financially to Musselman Library. The library accepts credit card payments and checks mailed to the following address:  

Gettysburg College
Musselman Library
300 North Washington Street
Campus Box 420
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Donations of Rare and Unique Materials

Please contact Special Collections and College Archives if you wish to donate rare books, personal papers, photographs, artifacts, or other special materials. Carolyn Sautter (csautter@gettysburg.edu) will respond to any questions regarding donations of rare materials.

We welcome publications and personal papers of college alumni and faculty, in addition to material relating to the College's history and the local community. Email inquiries may be sent to the College Archivist, Amy Lucadamo (alucadam@gettysburg.edu).

Acknowledgement and Receipt of Gifts

Monetary appraisals and/or appraisal fees for gifts of materials to the library are the sole responsibility of the donor. The library recommends that donors consult appropriate U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publications and/or consult financial or legal advisors.

Upon delivery or retrieval of a gift, the Musselman Library will issue a receipt of gift (PDF) that acknowledges the donation. Donors will also receive an acknowledgement from Gettysburg College. All documentation should be kept for tax purposes.

Some Options for Disposing of Used Books and Materials