Policy on Donations

By IS Lab August 30, 2018

The Information Studies Research Lab (IS Lab) greatly appreciates offers of donations of materials and commercial-grade equipment that will enrich existing collections and support the instructional and research mission of the university within the Information Studies Department’s budgetary and space constraints.

The IS Lab may decline to accept items that:

·       Are not within the scope of its collections

·       Do not support the instructional and research
programs of the university

·       Duplicate existing holdings

·       Would require extensive conservation

·       Entail donor restrictions the Library cannot honor

Gifts are accepted subject to the policies of the Regents of the University of California with the understanding that the university reserves the right to determine retention and disposition. Upon acceptance, gifts become the exclusive property of the university. Donations of manuscripts may involve additional considerations to be discussed between the university and the donor.

Gifts valued at $250 or more require a deed of gift and statement of value, which transfers ownership of the material to the Regents of the University of California. The deed and statement of value must be signed, dated, and returned to the IS Lab before an official acknowledgement can be made.

In addition, donations valued at more than $5,000 require a formal appraisal, the arrangements and costs of which are the sole responsibility of the donor. Per IRS Form 8283 instructions for gifts of tangible personal property, appraisals must be made not earlier than 60 days before the date of contribution. The IS Lab may not legally appraise potential donations.


Donors are required to contact the IS Lab’s Gifts Section to discuss potential gifts before sending or dropping off any donation. Donors are also welcome to contact appropriate collection development or subject librarians to discuss their potential gift offers.

If there are more than 50 items, donors are required to provide a list of gift materials being offered before acceptance.

For general questions and inquiry, please email the IS Lab Gifts Section.