Gifts have made significant contributions to the excellence of MSU Library and have helped build its collections. Your support carries on that tradition of giving and ensures that MSU Library will continue to foster lifelong learning.

Gift Policy Statement

The MSU Library reserves the right to accept, reject or dispose of any gift at its discretion, and in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the Collection Development Policy. Disposal methods for gift items not added to the collections include: transfer to or exchange with another library, annual book sale, dealer consignment sale, or recycling. Generally, a gift with restrictive conditions will not be accepted, and special arrangements for gifts must be negotiated with the Collection Development Librarian, or when necessary, with the Dean of Library. We recommend that you contact Jane Howard at (406) 994-4497 or Doralyn Rossmann at (406) 994-6549 to discuss the possibility of making a gift in-kind.

Appraisals: MSU Library will not provide any valuation of gifts, in accordance with IRS Tax Court rulings regarding appraising gifts for tax deduction purposes. At the time of the gift, it is the responsibility of the donor to notify the library of any tax restrictions such as those required with IRS Form 8283. IRS Publication 561 - "Determining the Value of Donated Property" provides important information for donors of non-cash gifts.

Acknowledgement: A letter of appreciation from the Dean of Library will be sent to the donor as an acknowledgment of the gift received. We recommend that our donors prepare a detailed inventory and include a copy with their donations.

Delivering Your Gift: If mailing your gift, please enclose a note with your delivery that includes the name, mailing address, and phone number of the person, estate, organization, company, MSU department, etc. and an inventory of your gift. If you are delivering the gift is person, please fill out a gift worksheet when you arrive to accompany your gift and attach your detailed inventory if available. If your gift is rather large, please make prior arrangements to bring it to the MSU Library loading dock on the east side of Renne Library. [Please do not leave your gifts on the loading dock without making delivery arrangements.] Smaller gifts can be taken to Collection Development (Renne 134) on Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or to the Circulation desk in the lobby after 5:00 p.m. or on weekends. For parking and directions to campus, see Parking & Directions.

For information on how you can make a gifts in kind of materials that will support the information and study needs of our students, faculty and community, please contact Doralyn Rossmann, Collection Development Librarian, (406) 994-6549 or Jane Howard at (406) 994-4497.