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Gift Policy


The Alvin Sherman Library, Research, Information and Technology Center welcomes cash and in-kind donations, as well as personal book collections. Monetary gifts are welcome for the purchase of specific items consistent with the Library's Collection Development Policy.

Any materials given to the library are evaluated by the same standards as purchased materials. The library right to dispose of any portion of a gift that does not meet collection-development criteria. Gifts offered with restricting conditions may require a gift agreement, as determined by the Vice President for Information Services/University Librarian or his/her designee(s). The library determines final disposition of gifts or donations.

Monetary Donations

Monetary contributions to the Library support the purchase of books and materials necessary to maintain the Library's status as a premier facility. All contributions to Nova Southeastern University are tax deductible. NSU and the Alvin Sherman Library accept contributions of cash, stocks, or other appreciable assets.

Personal Book Collections or In-Kind

The Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center accepts donations of books, videos, DVDs, CDs, audio books, manuscripts, photographs, equipment, realia, artifacts, or other documents from personal collections. Donations from any field of academic study are desired and appreciated.

Rare books and manuscripts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate staff members, in conjunction with the Director of Collection Development.

Memorial/Tribute Book Donations

A donation to the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center may be in the form of a memorial or tribute to an individual, or a commemoration of a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary, or graduation or other special occasion. The library respectfully requests a minimum contribution of $50 per book.

Once a donation is received, the library will send an acknowledgement to the family of the honored person(s), notifying them of the gift. Each book purchased through a memorial/tribute donation will bear a personalized bookplate commemorating the person or event.

How to Donate

Anyone wishing to make a cash or in-kind contribution may contact either the Director of Collection Development or the Director of Library Development at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center.

To donate materials to Nova Southeastern University, please call the Collection Development Department at (954) 262-4542. If requested, we will arrange for NSU's Physical Plant to pick up the items. The appropriate subject specialists and the Director of Collection Development will review all donated materials.

The Library's Development Department administers monetary donations. All cash and in-kind donations are forwarded to the NSU's Office of Development for university processing.


The NSU Office of Development officially acknowledges all donations to NSU. All cash gifts of $1,000 or more will be personally acknowledged by the University President. Upon request or as deemed appropriate, the library will send a formal written letter.


The Alvin Sherman Library will not appraise gift materials. The library is prohibited by conflict-of-interest concerns from providing estimates of monetary value for any donation. If desired, appraisals should be sought from qualified third parties. The, Alvin Sherman Library adheres to all federal and state regulations governing donations, including rulings on appraisals for tax deduction. Donors must comply with all IRS regulations in force before delivery of gifts or donations to Nova Southeastern University. The acceptance of a gift that has been appraised by the donor or a third party in no way implies the library's endorsement of the appraisal.

Types of Donations Not Accepted

Anything containing mold, mildew, or insects is potentially dangerous to the existing collection. Any material that is damaged by water, ripped or torn, showing extensive wear, or that is written in or highlighted will not be considered for addition to the collection. The library does not accept National Geographic magazines or daily or weekly news magazines such as Time, Newsweek, People, etc.

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Last update: 12/27/11