Gifts to Whitman College's Penrose Library

Gifts to Penrose Library are very welcomed and valued.  Through the generous support of friends and alumni, donations to the Library have helped build outstanding collections.  Gifts, often those that memorialize or honor loved ones, continue to help foster the traditions of scholarship, critical thinking, and lifelong learning that are hallmarks of a Whitman education.  Modest gifts are very much appreciated, as are bequests, endowments and larger contributions.

The collections at Penrose are carefully selected to provide balanced, vibrant and timely materials that serve to support the curricular and research needs of our faculty and students.  In order to safeguard quality, consistency, and relevance to the needs of the College, donated materials are reviewed using these same criteria.  Moreover, due to space, staffing, and resource limitations, we are unable to accept all gifts of materials.

General Policy

Gifts-in-kind, especially library materials, are accepted with the understanding that they become the property of Whitman College.  Penrose Library retains the right to decline, retain, or dispose of the materials at its discretion.  Only the Library Director, Collection Management Librarian, or Archivist/Special Collections Librarian may accept in-kind donations on behalf of the Library.  A signed Gift of Property statement must accompany all such donations.

General Library Materials Gift Form

Special Collections Materials Gift Form

Guidelines

General Library Materials

We welcome books and media appropriate for the general library collections if they support the College's curriculum and faculty research needs.  The Library does not accept duplicates of held materials, textbooks, outdated or materials in poor condition, mass-market paperback books, general interest magazines, cassette tapes, software, photocopied materials, vanity press books, popular pamphlets or promotional materials.  Only commercially produced DVDs in like-new condition will be accepted.

Before bringing gifts of 25 volumes or more to the Library, please contact Roger Stelk, Head of Collection Management (509-527-5909 or stelkre@whitman.edu) to discuss the potential donation.  He may also be able to suggest other resources if the potential gift is deemed not appropriate for Penrose Library.  Donations are boxed and delivered at the owner's expense.

Special Collections Materials

Gifts of manuscript collections, rare books, and unique materials, especially those that pertain to Whitman College and northwest regonal history, are encouraged.  Before such items or materials are donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives, please consult with Melissa Salrin, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian (509-526-4731 or salrinmm@whitman.edu).  The Development Office encourages donors to consider providing financial support for the processing and preservation of such donated materials, especially if the collection is of substantial size and/or significance.

Appraisals

Donors are responsible for obtaining an appraisal and consulting with a tax advisor in order to obtain such information.  Generally, gifts with a declared value over $5,000 will require an independent qualified appraisal; those with a declared value over $500 will require that the donor file IRS Tax Form 8283.  Please read IRS publications 526 and 561 for more information.

Appraisers may be located through the American Society of Appraisers, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, or the Appraisers' Association of America.  If you wish to have an appraisal conducted, please do so before donating the materials to Whitman College's Penrose Library.

All gifts will be acknowledged by letter with a count of the donated items.  The Library does not provide a detailed, title-by-title listing.

Access Restrictions

Generally, gifts for which the donor places restrictions on access are not accepted.  Exceptions may be made, for a limited time, for certain sensitive materials donated to Whitman College and Northwest Archives.  Penrose Library abides by the American Library Association/Society of American Archivists' 1994 Joint Statement on Access to Original Research Materials.

Donated items that Whitman College's Penrose Library retains are cataloged and listed in the Library's catalog.  Access to other materials will be governed by established library policies.  Materials added to the general collections are interfiled with like books on the same subject.  Separately named collections are not maintained.

Financial Support

Monetary gifts, especially those that would enable the purchase of new materials, the delivery of innovative services, additional furnishings, technology enhancements, or the support of special program areas are actively encouraged.  Please contact Dalia Corkrum, Library Director (509-527-5193 or corkrum@whitman.edu) or John Bogley, Vice President for Development and College Relations (509-527-5979 or bogleyjw@whitman.edu) for more information.

Please contact Dalia Corkrum, Library Director (509-527-5193 or corkrum@whitman.edu) if you have any questions or wish to discuss a specific donation.