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The City College Library thanks you for considering the College as a potential recipient of your books and other library materials. Our resources have been developed through judicious purchase and the grateful acceptance of useful gifts. Gifts of both money and materials contribute to the development of the collections and the support of the College’s academic programs. Modest gifts are appreciated as well as endowments and substantial collections.
The Library welcomes volumes in good condition, which can include classic and standard works as well as rare and specialized materials. The academic mission of the College, as well as constraints of personnel, space and materials inform the following guidelines for prospective donors.
The academic mission of the College, as well as constraints of personnel, space and materials inform the following guidelines for prospective donors.
Gifts of materials are accepted with the understanding that upon receipt they are owned by the College and become part of the Library.
The Library reserves the right to determine their retention, location, cataloging treatment and other considerations related to their use or disposition.
The Library is happy to provide bookplates for substantial collections to honor donors or those they are memorializing. Requests for plaques, special shelves or rooms cannot be honored. Restrictions on circulation can be observed when the material warrants them.
Certain types of materials cannot be accepted:
Collections in subjects divorced from the College’s mission (i.e.: theology, agriculture)
Outdated books in technical fields, normally those more than five years old.
Textbooks more than five years old
Instructors' editions of textbooks and answers to problems books.
Miscellaneous copies or scattered runs of periodicals
Paperback books published in the United States
Books with brittle paper
Materials which would require extensive rebinding, wrapping or other preservation treatment before they could be used.
The Library’s Archives and Special Collections Division actively seeks donations of items that documenting the history of CCNY and its historical curriculum, alumni and former students, faculty and administration. The following are typical sought-after materials:
Murad Tobacco Silks with C.C.N.Y. pennant, CCNY athlete, etc., ca. 1910-1930
1940s, 1950s and 1960s Lewisohn Stadium Concert Programs
Color and Black & White postcards with views of CCNY
Programs from CCNY sporting events, all decades
Course syllabi, lecture notes, & bluebooks for CCNY courses in all disciplines, any year
Photographs of events on campus, sports, and other college views
Publications, personal papers and correspondence
The Library operates within severe personnel constraints. Library or College personnel cannot supply boxes, pack books, or provide itemized lists. We are also generally unable to pick up materials from private residences or other off-site locations. A letter of acknowledgment, which specifies the number of items donated, will be furnished. In common with many other academic libraries, the City College Library does not furnish appraisals or estimates of value. The Internal Revenue Service considers the Library an interested party to such appraisals.
Donors who believe their collections are of substantial value should obtain an independent appraisal prior to donation. Names of appraisers can be obtained from the American Society of Appraisers at 60 East 42nd Street, New York, N. Y. 10017 (687-6305) or the Antiquarian Booksellers International, Inc. at 12 East 57th Street, New York, N. Y. 10022 (751-5450). The Collection Development Officer will be happy to discuss details of your proposed gift with you and can be reached at 212-650-7271.
For information about cash donations and endowments, please contact the Dean's office at 212-650-7271. To give directly to CCNY Libraries, please use the online donation form found here.