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Donation

  • Are my materials too old to donate?

     

    While age is not always a concern with fictional works, it is very important for works of non-fiction. We want our students to use current and accurate information. While the discipline dictates what is current, we ask that our patrons donate only works of non-fiction that are less than ten years old.

  • How do I make a donation to the library?

    Thank you for considering a donation to the Lydia M. Olson Library! For monetary donations, find more information on how you can support us through giving. For material donations, see Donations FAQs .

  • What should I consider when donating material?

     

    Review our gift policy, If appropriate also review the archives gift policy to determine if your materials are a good fit for our collections.

  • I have materials to donate. Are they in the appropriate condition?

     

    Materials that are moldy, musty or smoky smelling, have covers or pages missing or have highlighting or notes written in them are not candidates for donating.

  • Can I donate materials the library already owns? 

    We have limited space and usually retain only one copy of a work. Please check our catalog to determine if we already own the title. If we do, then the material should not be donated.

  • Do you accept journal or magazine donations?

    Most magazines, journals, etc. are now available online and our collections are emphasizing that format. We are usually unable to accept print journals.  If it is an uncommon journal title or one local to the region, please check our holdings. We will consider those issues we do not own or have access to. 

  • Where do I bring my donations?

    Please contact Krista Clumpner, Head of Collections and Metadata, at 906-227-1205 or kclumpne@nmu.edu to make arrangements or to answer questions regarding donating material to the library.

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