The David Allan Hubbard Library facilitates engaged learning by creating an environment conducive to intellectual and social interactions. This is accomplished through the collection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of materials and services by purchase or donation.

The library is always grateful to receive gifts that enhance the collection. However, in order to maximize staff time and resources in the selection process of donated materials, patrons should consult the following guidelines for preferred vs. non-preferred gifts.

Preferred Gifts

  1. All materials that directly contribute to the general subject areas of Theology, Psychology, and Intercultural Studies
  2. Academic-based materials within the above subject areas, including all research languages, such as Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English
  3. Materials published after 2000, unless specified by the library director
  4. Monographs fitting the above criteria not held by the Fuller Libraries
  5. Journals fitting the above criteria not held by the Fuller Libraries

Non-preferred Gifts

  1. All academic subjects immediately outside the scope of the general subject areas of Theology, Psychology, and Intercultural Studies
  2. Textbooks or academic materials published before 2000, unless specified by the library director
  3. Denominational curricula or educational materials
  4. Workbooks or multi-media teaching materials
  5. Magazines and newspapers, including Christian categories
  6. Non-academic, popular Christianity, or popular culture materials
  7. Works of fiction such as novels, classical literature, classical poetry, etc.
  8. Children and teenage-themed books, magazines, encyclopedias, etc.
  9. Toys, games, cassettes, VHS tapes, CD-ROM/software, CDs, DVDs

Gift Categories

Individual Donations

This category includes small gifts of up to 99 volumes/items. Due to limited shelf, display, and storage space, only materials meeting specific selection criteria as stated above (“Preferable Gifts”) can be retained and added to the collection. Materials not retained will be reallocated in a way that will generate the greatest benefit for the library. The library reserves the right to make acquisition decisions about donated materials.

Large Donations

Donations over 100 volumes/items are considered large gifts. Their acquisition affects the efficiency of the entire library system workflow and thus must be approved by the library director. Due to limited shelf, display, and storage space, only materials meeting specific selection criteria as stated above (“Preferable Gifts”), can be retained and added to the collection. Materials not retained will be reallocated in a way that will generate the greatest benefit for the library. The library reserves the right to make acquisition decisions about donated materials.

Collections from Individual Donors

Due to the special processing, display, and storage demands, large or research named collections from individual donors are created on a very limited basis. In addition, endowment requirements to maintain such collections are considered. Acceptance of these donations is determined by the library director in consultation with other relevant staff members.

Definition of Named or Dedicated Collections

Named collections are titled after the name of the donor or for a person(s) specified by the donor. Dedicated collections are placed in the circulating collection with a nameplate of dedication to the donor affixed in each item.

Naming or Dedicating Collections Process

The library director, in consultation with other relevant library department staff, will determine if donated materials will be converted to a collection named in honor of the donor or to the donor’s preference (named collection) or if donated materials with nameplates will be added to the appropriate collection (dedicated collection).

Other Donations

Any other type of gift will need to be discussed with the library director before a decision can be reached to accept the gift. Examples include artwork, technology, furnishings, etc.

All donations must be approved by the library director. All large donations (over 1,000 volumes/items) must be approved by the library director with input or suggestions from relevant staff members.

The David Allan Hubbard Library retains the right to evaluate and process donated materials based on the needs of Fuller Theological Seminary. The library reserves the right to decide how the materials are displayed and housed, including the decision to donate, sell, or dispose of materials.

For more information about gift donations, please contact the Acquisitions and Collections Librarian at  libraryacquisitions@fuller.edu.