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The J. Oliver Buswell Jr. Library
Book Donations
Donating Books to the Library

The Buswell Library welcomes donations of books and other materials as long as they are in decent condition and free from mildew, mold, insects, etc. Donations may simply be delivered to a staff member at the front desk of the Library. If you require a letter acknowledging receipt of your donation, please be sure to leave a note with your full name and address, or talk to Steve Jamieson (314-392-4102) who oversees the receipt of donations. If you have any questions or have special considerations, please call Steve in advance.

Donated materials may be used for one of several good purposes, such as new additions to our collection, replacements for existing copies that are heavily worn, supplementation in the form of second or even third copies for works in heavy demand, or sale at modest prices to our students for their own libraries with the proceeds being used to enhance our holdings or services.

Income Tax Deduction Info

Donation of materials to the Buswell Library qualifies as a non-cash charitable contribution that can be used as an income tax deduction. The Library cannot appraise donations, so it is up to the donor to determine the fair market value in accordance with IRS regulations.

  • If you claim a deduction for non-cash gifts totaling more than $500, you must file IRS Form 8283 (pdf).
  • If you claim a deduction for non-cash gifts totaling more than $5,000, you must have a qualified independent appraiser establish the value of your donation. (See IRS Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property (pdf).) Since the Library cannot perform the appraisal, it is the donor's responsibility to have the appraisal performed before transferring the gift to the Library.

Most importantly, please check with the IRS and your tax advisor for the most current information on deducting non-cash charitable contributions.