Gifts-in-Kind Donations of Materials to the Golda Meir Library

The Golda Meir Library selectively accepts donations of academic materials that support the teaching, learning, and research missions of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

To discuss a possible gift-in-kind donation, contact Susan Foran by emailing or calling 414-229-6458.

We encourage prospective donors to provide a description of the gift and a list of materials, including the titles, authors, dates, subject area(s), and general condition of materials in advance. We would also encourage donors to consider giving a monetary donation to help defray the costs of processing, cataloging, and maintaining materials given to the library.

Materials that we accept

The following types of materials may be accepted for the general collection:

  • Scholarly books supporting UWM’s teaching, learning, or research;
  • General interest materials published in the last five years;
  • Textbooks (most recent edition only, in new condition);
  • Music scores and parts.

The following types of material are not accepted:

  • Incomplete runs or single issues of periodicals or journals
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Mass-market paperbacks
  • Government publications
  • Books that are highlighted, underlined, dirty, or otherwise in poor physical condition
  • VHS tapes, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes, phonograph records, or other obsolete media
  • Titles that the library already owns, other than those by UWM authors.

The American Geographical Society Library, UWM Archives, Special Collections, and the branch libraries at UWM-Waukesha and UWM-Washington County have different requirements for accepting donations. Please contact them directly.

Conditions of Acceptance

Gift-in-kind donations are retained at the discretion of the Collection & Resource Management Division. Donated materials that are not selected for addition may be sent to a reseller or recycled at the discretion of the library. We are unable to return donated materials.

Donations that arrive without preapproval may be discarded.

For donations to the distinctive collections within the UWM Libraries, please contact the American Geographical Society Library, UWM Archives, or Special Collections.


The UWM Libraries will provide a letter of acknowledgment for all donors who complete one of the following forms and indicate that they would like to receive a letter:


Appraisals are only needed for donations valued over $5,000 where the donor intends to deduct this donation on their taxes. Federal regulations prohibit the Libraries from providing appraisals or estimates of value for donations. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that donors whose gifts are valued at more than $5,000 have a qualified appraisal in order to claim the deduction. For more information, see Tax Issues.