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Receiving and Processing Gifts

Receiving and Processing Gifts

The Library will acknowledge each gift with a letter. However, because of legal restrictions, the Library is unable to assign value or provide appraisals of gift materials. A donor is entitled to an income tax deduction within Internal Revenue Service regulations. The donor must file IRS Form 8283 if claiming a deduction for non-cash gifts totaling between $500-$5,000 within a calendar year.

Gift materials that are not added to the library’s collections or contributed to Theological Book Network will be dispersed at the discretion of the Library.

Book donations

Gifts of Books and Collections

In partnership with Luther's Global Mission Institute in supporting the global church, the library is accepting donations of new and used book materials. If you are considering a donation of print materials please first contact Mary Ann Teske to arrange your delivery.

While appropriate materials will be added to the Luther Seminary Library's collection, our main purpose in receiving gifts is to support the work of the Theological Book Network. Their mission is to provide "theological resources for the formation of leaders called to serve the global church" through connecting top-notch academic books with international partners and libraries. If you have any questions about their work or represent a library needing donations, please contact them via email at:

The following guide lists some of the categories and books most frequently needed by theological educators around the world:

  • Biblical Studies including Commentaries, Secondary Studies, and Linguistic Tools
  • Theology (including French language)
  • Church History
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Missiology/Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Reference Material: ONLY Encyclopedias of Theology and Religion
  • Pastoral counseling (with a theological emphasis)

This work continues the spirit of the Lutheran International Library Assistance Project (LILAP), a former program of the Luther Seminary Library and the Global Mission Institute that supplied Christian institutions of higher education around the world with good quality theological books for their libraries. 

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