Giving to a library is a cooperative process between donor and donee. As the size of the prospective donation increases, so too does the level of cooperation required among the parties involved. The Rupert Edwards Library will make every effort to ensure that such cooperation leads to a mutually beneficial arrangement.
The Rupert Edwards Library is a performance-based library, and is focused on maintaining a dynamic, up-to-date collection for its patrons. Thus, resource currency is an important criterion for us as we grow the collection. This is especially the case when libraries, such as the Rupert Edwards Library, collect various media types, and are challenged by physical space limitations.
Except under special circumstances, the Rupert Edwards Library will not accept gifts that either require the specialized custodianship of an archival institution or that are more suitable for such a place. The following will provide you with a brief guide as to what we may or may not accept:
What We Can Use
Modern edition print music (full score, part music, vocal scores, piano reductions, orchestral music sets, etc.) in good to mint condition
Scholarly music literature, including biographies, correspondences, sourcebooks, histories, thematic indexes, etc.
Select music pedagogical resources (etudes, exercises, treatises, methods books, etc.) in good to mint condition, usually of modern publication
CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs (operas, ballets, biographies, performance practices, interviews, histories, etc.)
What We Cannot Use
Items whose subject matter is considered unrelated to music performance, history, theory, or scholarship
Items that are old, damaged, or in poor condition (brittle, yellowed, heavily underlined, mildewed, marked or foxed, etc.)
Sheet music for individual songs or piano pieces
Popular, big band, jazz, or fake book music
Obsolete media: cassettes, floppy discs, vinyl, 8-track, VHS, Betacam, reel-to-reel, etc.
Naxos compact discs
Print periodical issues or back issues (popular or scholarly)
Archival material or ephemera outside the scope of the library’s collection development policy
Manuscripts and manuscript facsimile scores (consult with the Library Services Manager for more information)