The Library accepts donations of materials in all formats, subject areas and languages relevant to the curriculum and the collection, reserving the right to dispose of them as appropriate. Due to space constraints and our need to maintain a current collection that meets the needs of our students, we generally accept materials that meet the following criteria:
- are in excellent physical condition [i.e. book covers intact, quality paper stock, and absence of mold, mildew and dirt]
- have been published within the last ten years
- support scholarship in at least one area relating to CSU East Bay’s academic programs
If the materials you wish to donate fall outside of these guidelines, we encourage you to consider contacting your local public library.
All donated books will be evaluated for addition to the collection by Library Subject Liaisons who will recommend their inclusion if appropriate, or their sale to book dealers.* In cases where the condition of the materials or other factors preclude inclusion or sale, they will be recycled.
In most cases, the Library will not accept gifts of periodicals, annuals, or serials.
The Library cannot place a cash value on gift books for tax purposes. If the donor makes a request and provides contact information at the time of donation, the library will send the donor a letter acknowledging the receipt of the gift.
*The CSU East Bay libraries sells unneeded donated books to Better World Books, a reseller that donates a portion of its profits to promote global literacy.