Goddard Library Book Donation Policy

Goddard Library is happy to receive donations of high-quality books relevant to theological education. News of high-quality theological collections becoming available are also welcome. For more information, contact the library director, Jim Darlack at 978-646-4004 or jdarlack@gordonconwell.edu.

Book Donations:

Donations of books are typically welcome when space and time permit. Generally the library will accept books into the collection if:

  • Books are relevant to current theological education.
  • Books fill a need for one of the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary libraries.
  • Books are in good condition with no writing or highlighting present.
  • Books show no evidence of mold, mildew, or water damage.

As a rule, the library will not accept book donations designated to a "special collection." Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Head Librarian.

All donations made to the library are the property of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. If we receive a donation, the books may be routed as follows:

  • Placed on the shelf in one of Gordon-Conwell's four libraries.
  • Sold with proceeds going directly to the Library Friends Account.
  • Donated to other theological libraries around the world.
  • Made freely available to library patrons for their own collections.
  • Recycled.

Acknowledgment and Appraisal:

Gifts of any kind are acknowledged. Please fill out the library's Book Donation Receipt Form, including your contact information so that we can send documentation of the gift for tax purposes. If an appraisal is needed, by law it must be made by an outside party before the donation is made. Gordon-Conwell subscribes to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Standards of Responsible Stewardship. It states that:

Property or gifts in kind received by an organization should be acknowledged describing the property or gift accurately without a statement of the gift's market value. It is the responsibility of the donor to determine the fair market value of the property for tax purposes. The organization should inform the donor of IRS reporting requirements for all gifts in excess of $5,000.

Donors are referred to IRS Publication 448, Federal Estate and Gift Taxes; Publication 526, Charitable Contributions; and most especially Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property (rev. 2000; see www.irs.gov). Gordon-Conwell is thankful for the participation of donors in helping to promote the mission of the library!

The library director reserves the right to refuse donations of books. All donations are the property of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and may be placed in the general collection at any Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary library, sold for the benefit of the collection, or donated elsewhere. Items may not be designated for special collections or use unless approved by the library director.

Other Options:

Other organizations do accept donations of used books:

**Theological Book Network sends theological books around the globe to support theological education in the Majority World.