The Library is always pleased to consider inquiries regarding the donations of books and other materials appropriate for its collections. While we are grateful for such offers, the Library has limited storage capacity, which necessitates some prioritization. For example, we are more likely to accept donations of Maryland materials for which we do not already have duplicate copies. The following summary provides prospective donors with an overview of our needs and offers some possible alternatives to donation to the Library.
The Library typically will accept the following items, if offered in good condition:
Because it already possesses an adequate number of copies, the Library usually cannot accept donations of the following titles and classes of materials:
If the materials you wish to donate likely will be accepted by the Library, then please contact the Director to finalize plans. Should you wish to donate items, the Library follows these policies:
The Library understands prospective donors' good intentions in finding suitable institutions to accept their gifts. However, because the widespread availability of online legal sources has decreased the need to retain some types of law books, it is sometimes difficult to locate such a place. Nevertheless, some people still have needs for these resources. Even if it is unlikely that the State Law Library will accept your materials, Library staff will forward your donation information upon request to colleagues at Maryland Circuit Court Law Libraries and non-profit legal services organizations. You may also wish to contact your local county bar association to inquire if any newly established lawyer might wish to acquire your donation. Finally, you might reconsider your plans for donation and review other possible options for disposition.
If you have any questions not answered here or have a donation that meets the criteria above please contact Library staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-260-1430.
Updated: July 12, 2011
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