Man in libraryTypes of Gifts-in-Kind

The George Mason University Libraries welcome gifts of books, manuscripts, music, and other research materials. It is, in part, through such generosity that the Libraries are able to add depth to the academic resources available to our community. Particular interest is paid to scholarly, current, or rare items in good physical condition. The following guidelines are offered to assist donors. Based upon these criteria, the University Libraries retain the right to accept or decline all potential gifts.

Criteria for Acceptance

Due to the high costs of managing the gift process, the Libraries’ goals in accepting gifts are to acquire only materials which are highly relevant to the university’s needs. All potential gifts will be evaluated by subject expert librarians in accordance with the collection development policies of the George Mason University Libraries. Potential gift items will meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Support the University’s current and evolving curriculum and academic disciplines;
  • Sustain the research needs of faculty and students;
  • Augment collections of depth;
  • Enhance the unique and noteworthy holdings of George Mason University Libraries special collections.

Policy for Gifts-in-Kind

Please read our complete Gift-In-Kind policy.


For more information, please contact:
Helen McManus, Head, Collections Strategy
University Libraries
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 2FL
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
703-993-2263 (fax)