Donation Guidelines

These guidelines cover the donation of items to the Library collection. If you're interested in supporting the Library in other ways, please visit Trent University External Relations & Development.

Trent University Library has been immeasurably enriched by gifts, and the generosity of donors is greatly appreciated. Donors have played a notable role in the development of Library collections by offering items which may be old or new but always of significance to the mission of the Library. In order to expedite the gifts process the following policy is in place.

The offer of a gift to the Library can be made by contacting A list of items will be requested. Librarians will use this list to determine the suitability of the donation to the library's needs.


The Library respectfully maintains the right to refuse any gift or part of a gift. Factors which may prevent the Library from accepting items include:

  • the research and teaching requirements of the university, as our collection directly reflects our programs
  • copyright law,
  • duplication of resources,
  • space restrictions,
  • equipment constraints,
  • expense of repair,
  • binding and processing.

Items should not be left at the Library without prior authorization.

Tax Receipts

The University can provide tax receipts for donations. If an income tax receipt is required, this should be indicated.

Income tax receipts are not issued for items received as review, instructor, or complimentary copies.

Only those volumes to be retained by the library will be evaluated for income tax purposes.

Ordinarily, the estimate of the Librarian is accepted by Revenue Canada as the "fair market value of books". Revenue Canada requires, however, external appraisals for collections worth more than $1,000. Where an external appraisal of any size donation is specifically requested by the donor, it will be done at the donor's expense. The appraiser will be selected by the Library.


Gift material identified by the donor for immediate use in currently offered courses will be processed as soon as possible. Such material for which no income tax receipt is required is processed most quickly.

Volumes received by the library may be:

  • retained,
  • sold (the proceeds of which are to be used for the purchase of new resources),
  • exchanged, or
  • sent for recycling or disposal.

The Library reserves the right to decide the final use and disposition of gift material. Once offered and accepted, gifts become the property of the Library and cannot be returned to the donor. However, if the donor so requests, books not required by the Library can be returned. This should be clearly communicated, preferably in writing, at the outset of the donation process so that arrangements for returning material may be agreed upon. In the absence of such direction, the Library claims ownership of such material left in the Library and is free to dispose of it as it sees fit.

The Library reserves as its right decisions regarding the acknowledgement, acceptance or return of unsolicited material.

Donor Responsibility

It is the responsibility of those donating serials subscriptions to abide by copyright law and any restrictions the publisher of the serial and/or Revenue Canada has instituted with regard to the donation of the serial.

The donor of serials must state the proper category of valuation (e.g. personal subscription rate, corporate subscription rate or membership fee) upon which the Library will base its valuation for income tax purposes. Failure to do so means the Library will select the category. Donors of current serial subscriptions must make an ongoing commitment to continue the subscription indefinitely and it is the responsibility of the donor of such a subscription to contact the Library annually and request an income tax receipt.

It is the responsibility of those donating electronic resources to abide by licensing, copyright or performance regulations and restrictions regarding donations of the resources.