Michigan State University

Gifts In-Kind

The MSU Libraries welcome Gifts In-Kind in many different forms. In the past we have received collections of books and ephemera, gifts of artwork for display in the library, specialized equipment such as map cases, and other materials which enrich our collection and facilities.

For more information about making a Gift In-Kind, please call Seth Martin at (517) 884-6446. Or, email the development offices at giving@lib.msu.edu to discuss your intended gift.

Accepting Gifts In-Kind

Sadly, we are not able to accept all in-kind gifts offered to the library. We must consider the condition of the materials; whether they are compatible with our collection development priorities; and whether we have space and resources to preserve your gift. For gifts of artwork, we must also consider size and other factors.

Credit for Gifts In-Kind

Gifts In-Kind valued at less than $5,000 require only a single form, which the Development staff will gladly assist in completing.

Gifts valued at greater than $5,000 will also require an appraisal; federal law requires that this be completed at the donor's expense by an appraiser not connected with the library. If you are seeking Federal tax credit consideration, please see IRS Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property, and IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions.

Donors making gifts for which they seek tax credit will be required to file IRS Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions, signed by an appraiser and an authorized MSU Foundation representative to accompany their IRS Form 1040. Donors are encouraged to consult their legal and financial advisors for further information.


Economics professor Carl Liedholm has donated unique research material to the Map Library.

Professor Carl Liedholm, Department of Economics, has donated unique research material to the Map Library.