Gift Policy for the Nimitz Library's General Collection  

Gifts of Books and Other Material

Gifts are an important part of the Nimitz Library's collection-building process. Proposed gifts are accepted when they will clearly enhance the Library's collection.

Gifts selected for inclusion in the Library's general collection must meet the same criteria as materials selected for purchase, as outlined in the Library's Collection Management Policy. In addition, gifts must be in good, usable condition.

Potential donors should submit a list of titles in advance, designating any that are non-book formats, so that the Library may check this list against its holdings and determine whether or not the gift is needed before the items arrive at the Library.

In keeping with professional guidelines and Federal law, the Library does not provide appraisals of materials for donors. A list of qualified appraisers is maintained by the Library and names are available upon request; appraisals are done at the donor's expense.

Donors assume responsibility for bringing, or arranging to have brought, gift materials to the Library's loading dock; the Naval Academy does not normally provide transportation for gifts.

Gifts are acknowledged by letter. Under certain circumstances, gifts may be gift-plated as the donor requests.

Gifts are accepted for the Library's collections with the understanding that they become the property of the Federal Government, to be used as determined by the Library. When gifts are not added, or are no longer needed, they are forwarded to the Library of Congress.

The Library cannot house a donor's library separately from its general collections, nor is acceptance of a gift an assurance of permanent retention.

For additional information, contact the Head of Collection Development, Larry Clemens, at 410-293-6926 or email

Monetary Gifts and Endowments

Gifts of funds are handled by the Naval Academy Alumni Association; the Library cannot and does not accept money directly. All such donations are appreciatively acknowledged, and items purchased with gift funds may be gift-plated as the donor stipulates.

For more information on monetary gifts, please contact CAPT Bob Hofford, USN (Ret.), United States Naval Academy Alumni Association 410-293-1961.

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