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Giving to the Mississippi State University Libraries

In support of the University's mission of teaching, research, and service, MSU Libraries has spent ten years transitioning from traditional print-based scholarly journals to a digital collection providing 24/7 access. Today, these online journals and databases form the basis of our core research collections and are heavily used by faculty, students, researchers, and community members.

We subscribe to a multitude of resources, but in today's research-intensive environment, our budget cannot keep up with requests for more.

Needed Electronic Resources

  • ARTSTOR Digital Library
  • IBISWorld
  • JSTOR Journal Archives
  • SAE Digital Library
  • GeoScienceWorld
  • SpringerProtocols

Primary Source Collections

  • Newsbank/Readex collections:
    • African American Newspapers, Series 2: 1835-1956
    • Archive of Americana
  • ProQuest collections:
    • Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century
    • Papers of the NAACP
    • Southern Life and Slavery

Many annual subscription database and journal packages can be purchased for a one-time fee with lifetime access. Several vendors allow the library to name electronic collections after a donor.

Contact Pat Matthes to learn more about needed electronic resources or to discuss your donation.

Donation of Materials

We welcome gifts of books, journals, and audiovisual materials which support the University's teaching and research needs and fall within our collection development guidelines.

If you wish to donate materials to MSU Libraries, please contact Acquisitions and Collection Development. Please notify the office of the types, approximate quantity, and delivery of items included in the gift. We are usually unable to provide an itemized inventory, but if one is included in your gift, we will acknowledge it.

Ownership and Use

Once accepted by MSU Libraries, materials become the property of Mississippi State University and are generally not returned to their original owners.

We add suitable materials to our collection. We may donate unsuitable materials to another library or charitable organization, or place them in the annual Friends of the MSU Libraries book sale to raise funds.

Appraisal and Valuation

We are prohibited by law from giving appraisals or estimates of value for donated materials. Donors are responsible for placing a value on their donations.

Donor Recognition and Identification

Donors can request that we add bookplates recognizing them or honoring another person to donated materials. The Online Catalog record of a donated item will identify its donor, unless otherwise requested. Donors receive a receipt indicating the types and numbers of materials they have donated and a letter of acknowledgment for tax purposes.