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Library Gifts

Thank you for thinking of the Heartland Community College Library. Heartland Library staff encourages gifts that significantly contribute to the learning, teaching and research goals of the College. Please review our guidelines, then follow the steps below.

To donate books or other materials to the Library's collection:

  1. Please drop by the Library and fill out the Gifts Policy Form* (available in PDF format, 29 KB, 1 page) when you drop the items off.


  2. If you cannot stop by when the Library is open, you can drop off a small number of books or items in the outside book return. Please print and fill out a copy of the Gifts Policy Form* (available in PDF format, 29 KB, 1 page), attach a list of donated items to the form, and place it inside one of the books or items.


  3. If you prefer to mail your donations to the Library, please print and fill out a copy of the Gifts Policy Form and place it on top of the package of items. Mail your package of donated items to:

    Heartland Community College
    Heartland Library
    1500 W. Raab Rd.
    Normal, Illinois 61761-9446

*Note: You must download and install Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™ in order to view and print the Gifts Policy Form.

Giving Guidelines

The Library's Gifts Policy stipulates specific guidelines for donations that are briefly outlined below.

The Library will accept and acknowledge donations in good condition of the following items:

  • Hardbound books/monographs
  • Paperback books (best sellers, classics, etc.)
  • Selected journals to which the Library currently subscribes
  • Selected non-book materials (videos, etc.)

The library generally will NOT accept or acknowledge the following materials:

  • Textbooks
  • Pamphlets under 15 pages
  • Travel guides
  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books
  • Newspapers
  • Bibles
  • Duplicates if additional copies are not needed
  • Materials in poor physical condition or not preservationally sound
  • "Popular" magazines (such as Family Circle or National Geographic)

On the advice of appropriate librarian(s), exceptions may be made as follows: regional and Heartland Community College-related materials in less-than-good condition; newspapers of regional interest; government publications in any category.

If the gift is to be used as a tax deduction, the donor must provide an estimated or appraised value; the Library will only acknowledge receipt of the materials. Please note that journals or other items received as a result of professional organization memberships for which dues or fees have been deducted are not eligible for tax credit.

The Library is under no obligation to accept or acknowledge gifts which are not prearranged, and reserves the right to utilize all donations to its best advantage.

Materials not retained by the Library will be disposed of at the Library's discretion. This may include selling the items for the Library's benefit, sending the items to another library, or discarding the items.

In Honor or In Memory plates may be placed in books at the request of the donor.