The History Collections of Kornhauser Health Sciences Library (KHSL) accepts, at the
discretion of the Curator and/or the Director, donations of rare books, manuscript
collections, and artifacts that document the rich historical heritage of the health sciences in
the Louisville area and western Kentucky. Such donations are vital to our mission of
protecting and preserving this history, and enrich the research experience for those who
use our collections.
- Health sciences items we will accept include:
- Books published between 1921 and 1950, if preceded by a listing (including author,
title, and publication year) of the materials. The list will be reviewed by the curator
and only items deemed vital to our mission will be added to our collections.
- Books published prior to 1920.
- Journals on a case by case basis
- Manuscript collections that document individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses that specialize in health care in our region.
- Artifacts on a case by case basis
- By law, KHSL cannot appraise gifts.
- All appraisals of gifts are the responsibility of the donor and must be arranged and paid for by the donor.
- Acceptance of a gift that has been appraised by a third, disinterested party does not imply endorsement of such appraisal by KHSL.
- IRS Form 8283 (Noncash Charitable Contributions) spells out requirements for appraisals.
- The donor is encouraged to consult with his/her tax advisor on the value of donated material and what can be claimed legally.
- University Libraries’ policy prohibits the acceptance of conditional or restrictive donations:
- which limit general access to patrons
- stipulate frequent or perpetual exhibition to identify the donor
- in any way inhibit the normal integration or ultimate disposition of such gifts within the library system.
- KHSL reserves the right to dispose of any materials not needed for the collection in anyway deemed appropriate.
- The KHSL Director or the Curator may make exceptions to any of these policies if the acceptance of a donation serves the best interests of the University.