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Frequently Asked Questions

Gifts and Donations

Gifts in Kind

Accepting gifts requires significant resources and costs incurred in handling, processing, accessioning, cataloging, storing, conserving, preserving and providing access to contributed materials. For these reasons, the CCU Library does not accept periodicals, moldy, damaged materials or items in outdated formats (cassette and VHS tapes). The Library does not guarantee gifts will be added to the CCU Libraries collection.

Once donated, gifted items become the absolute and unconditional property of the University and will not be returned to the donor. Upon receipt, the CCU Library reserves the right to determine retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to their use, maintenance, removal, or disposal. If unsolicited materials are mailed, dropped off or otherwise delivered, the CCU Library reserves the right to use or dispose of such materials in any manner it deems appropriate and without any obligation whatsoever to the person who donated the materials.

If you are interested in finding out more about making a donation to the CCU Library, contact Oliver Schulz, (303) 963-3257.  Sending a list of titles before bringing any gift materials to us is helpful but not necessary.  Library faculty will review the list to determine whether the content is already available in the library and/or whether it supports the instructional, learning and research mission of the University.  Donors can also search the library catalog here

Electronic Gifts

At this time we are not accepting donations of e-books. 

Gift Acknowledgment and Valuation

When donations are accepted, donors may request to receive a letter signed by the University Library Director acknowledging their gift. This letter can be used to claim a tax deduction for charitable giving. Appraisals of gifts to the CCU Library for tax deduction purposes are the sole responsibility of the donor. The CCU Library and the University does not appraise donated items. If you intend to claim a tax deduction for charitable giving, you should consult with a tax advisor regarding any applicable rules or conditions.

More options for selling, donating and recycling books

Better World Books is an online used bookstore. Unsold books are donated to developing countries. See website for details. Book drop locations are also available here.

City of Lakewood Recycling or check your local recycling center.

Dream Books Co is located in Denver and they offer a "sell your books" service as well as recycling.

Love Packages is an organization that sends used Bibles, Sunday School materials, and other Bible study materials to individuals worldwide.  See website for a list of currently needed materials.

Theological Book Network is an organization that sends theological resources to Christian educational institutions in the Majority World to help equip local church leaders.

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