Libraries Gifts-in-Kind Program
The UMKC University Libraries were built through the generosity of donors and friends. A gift of books, sound recordings, and other materials to the Libraries helps to improve scholarship and research opportunities for students, faculty, and members of the community.
If you would like to donate a single book, sound recording or an entire collection to the libraries, please let us know so we can assist you in making plans.
Gift Appraisal Information for Donors
Remember that according to the federal tax law donors of gifts to the UMKC Libraries and similar institutions must furnish their own appraisal value for contributions claimed as tax deductions.
If you would like to do your own research on the estimated current market value of items to be donated, the UMKC Libraries have reference works available in the Reference Department that you can consult. Prices of older books may be found in American Books Prices Current, Bookmen's Price Index, and Internet sources for example. New book prices may be checked in Books in Print.
For your convenience, a list of appraisers for those donors desiring professional assistance is provided. The inclusion of an appraiser on this list does not constitute an endorsement of the appraiser or the quality of services. As the donor, you are responsible for any charges and fees incurred for professional services contracted. We are happy to assist you with further information if you need assistance locating additional appraisers or have any questions about gifts to the UMKC Libraries.
Selected Online Resources
- In-Print / New Books
- Out-of-Print / Older Books
- In-Print Sound Recordings
American Society of Appraisers
555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 125
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: (800) ASA-VALU or (800) 272-8258 (U.S. and Canada) or (703) 478-2228
Fax: (703) 742-8471
Anthony Garnett Fine Books
P.O. Box 4918
St. Louis, MO 63108
Glenn Books, Inc., ABAA, ILAB
Frederic & Carolyn Gilhousen/Larisa Cassell
360 Kaw Lane East
Lake Quivira, KS 66217
Phone: (913) 268-0767
David Spivey Books
825 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 753-0520
Fax: (816) 753-6140
Periodical & Journal Appraisers
Absolute Backorder Service Inc.
475 Washington St.
Wrentham, MA 02093
Phone: (508) 384-0122
Fax: (508) 384-0047
Jerry Alper Inc.
P.O. Box 218
Eastchester, NY 10707
Phone: (914) 793-2100
Fax: (914) 793-7811
Sound Recording Appraisers
Corky J. Carrel
Shawnee, KS, 66203-6083
General Information for Donors:
- Every gift is appreciated.
- Donors receive a formal acknowledgement and a gift receipt with space provided for estimated current market value of the donated items.
- The Libraries review all gifts.
- Gift materials should be in good physical conditions (please, no moldy or wet books) to insure preservation of the existing collections.
- Once a gift is accepted, it cannot be returned to the donor.
- Materials not added to the collections will be handled in the best interest of the institution and its users.
- Volunteers are also welcomed. Please contact us for more information.
For more information about gifts to the library, contact:
Head of Collections
304 Miller Nichols Library
For information about the Friends of the Library, contact:
212 Miller Nichols Library