Can anyone provide guidance, rule citation, customary practice, or advice on whether a federal library can accept a gift of a collection of books (or even one book for that matter) directly from a private source or donor? Our administrative attorney has stated that we can't accept a proposed donation because our agency does not have specific gift acceptance authority. See Principles of Federal Appropriations Law, GAO, Chapter 6. This has a very general application, but perhaps there is something else that allows federal libraries exceptional or special rights as to books and similar reference materials. I'm aware that some agencies do have such authority stated in appropriate statutes or rules, such as the Library of Congress. Thanks for any clues. Eugene Ferguson __________________________________________________________________ Eugene Ferguson | EXPORT-IMPORT BANK OF THE UNITED STATES [log in to unmask] | Research Library & Information Services Tel: 202-565-3981 | 811 Vermont Ave. NW, Room 966 Fax: 202-565-3985 | Washington DC 20571 U.S.A.