(excerpted from West Chester University Library Services Collection Development Policy, 2010)
West Chester University Libraries welcomes gifts of library materials—especially materials that fill existing gaps in the collection and support the curriculum. Librarians examine gift materials for possible addition to the collection using the same standards and policies that apply to purchases. While gifts to WCU libraries are appreciated, upon donation these items become library property and the Libraries reserve the right to retain or dispose of these items as librarians deem appropriate.
If items are in poor condition or have dated information, they will be recycled. If items are in acceptable condition but not retained by the Libraries, they will be sent to vendors who specialize in used materials such as Better World Books (BWB), Amerifolio and others. These companies accept materials provided the items are not dirty, moldy, damaged or otherwise unsuitable for use or resale including textbooks published during the last ten years.
Donations cannot be dropped at the library without previous arrangements. Library Services does not have staff available to pick up donations. Donors should follow the steps below to set up a delivery time:
Gifts become the property of the Friends of the West Chester University Libraries.
Inquiries about financial donations for book purchases or other gifts to Library Services should be directed to Library Administration (phone 610-436-2747).