In the Army Library Program, we have AR735-1 that specifically states that
we can accept gifts/donations. The books/materials then become property of
the US Government and then must be vouchered/added to the Library's
collection. The Library staff will NOT assign any dollar value to the
M. MALINDA JOHNSON
Fort Stewart Library System
Main Post Library
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Ft. Stewart, GA 31314-5126
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Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 1999 7:50 AM
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Subject: Can federal libraries accept book gifts?
Can anyone provide guidance, rule citation, customary
advice on whether a federal library can accept a gift of a
of books (or even one book for that matter) directly from a
source or donor?
Our administrative attorney has stated that we can't accept
donation because our agency does not have specific gift
authority. See Principles of Federal Appropriations Law,
6. This has a very general application, but perhaps there
something else that allows federal libraries exceptional or
rights as to books and similar reference materials.
I'm aware that some agencies do have such authority stated
appropriate statutes or rules, such as the Library of
Thanks for any clues.
Eugene Ferguson | EXPORT-IMPORT BANK OF THE UNITED
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