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Gift Policy

The CSI Library welcomes gifts, material donations to its collection, or the funds to purchase new collection materials. Materials or funds will be accepted with the expectation that they are consistent with the library’s collection development policy. The CSI Library cannot accept gifts, material donations, or funds with conditions as to their disposition or location. Donors will receive a letter acknowledging only receipt of gifts, donations, or funds. The letter will not include appraisal of the monetary value of gifts. Appraisals for tax purposes are the responsibility of the donor. Some books added to the collection will be identified with gift plates, as determined by the library. At this time, due to COVID-19, we are not accepting print book donations at the library.

The library’s policy concerning gifts is as follows:

  • Gifts of library materials shall be referred to the Acquisitions unit at 718.982.4078 or via the Acquisitions Librarian at To expedite the material donation process, please complete the Library Materials Donation Form before contacting Acquisitions.
  • Donations of materials that may be appropriate for Archives & Special Collections are handled directly by the Archivist at 718.982.4129.
  • Gifts of funds shall be referred to the Chief Librarian at 718.982.4001, or can be made online through the CSI Foundation; Please include “library” in the comments.
  • The library may wish to decline gifts which do not support the college curriculum or benefit the library’s collections. The library declines offers of gifts if they unnecessarily duplicate existing holdings, if the subject matter is outside the scope of its collections, or if there are donor restrictions which the library cannot honor.
  • Donors may give funds at the time of inquiry, or send funds in an amount they determine. They may recommend that their monetary donations be applied to support particular curricula or subject areas, or in support of particular information technologies. However, all donations and all items acquired through donations must meet the typical selection criteria including quality of content, appropriateness, level of scholarship, and objectivity.
  • The Library retains the right to dispose of duplicates and unneeded materials regardless of how they were acquired.