Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it possible to donate books to your library?

 

Dahlgren Memorial Library [DML] welcomes gifts that strengthen and support the library’s mission and collections as well as the mission of the Georgetown University Medical Center. However, DML is in the forefront of health sciences libraries in moving from a 20th Century print based collection to a 21st Century electronic only collection. Our available resources are broader and deeper in scope than ever before, but we no longer acquire journal / serial publications in print, and acquire very few print books.

Space for print materials is extremely limited and shrinking on a daily basis, so accepting donations of print materials is a complicated decision process. Therefore, donors may also want to consider the Better World Books organization as an option for print material donations.

Process
Prospective donors must provide a detailed, written inventory list of the materials they wish to give to DML. Unfortunately, except on very rare occasions, we do not have staff to assist in preparation of the list. We do not have space to accept and review materials in the library; on receipt of the inventory list, DML staff will review it, and notify the donor of materials that we are able to accept.

It is a condition of acceptance that DML reserves the right to retain, dispose of, or sell materials at its discretion with no notification to the donor.

DML does not provide appraisals for donated materials, but will provide a letter of appreciation that describes the donation in general and attaches the specific list for the donor to use for tax deduction purposes. The donor determines and must defend the value of the materials.

Archival / Historic Material
Dahlgren Memorial Library does not collect or retain materials of an archival or historic nature; we do not have a “history of medicine” program, mission or collection.

If material is believed to be of historic value or significance, DML may work with the Georgetown University Lauinger Library Special Collections Department to review the materials for potential acquisition, but DML reserves the right to sell that material and retain the moneys collected to benefit DML programs.

In some circumstances, Dahlgren Memorial Library may refer donors directly to Lauinger Library.

For further assistance, please contact Mr. Brandon Hudson, DML Executive Assistant, via email or 202-687-1187.