Donations & Gifts


Gift funds are very important to McCain Library.  Approximately 85 percent of funds used by the library for purchasing research material comes from philanthropic support.   Most of these gifts are unrestricted, allowing the director of library services to use the funds for those resources which are most needed by current students and faculty.   Some funds are designated to be spent in particular areas of interest to the donor (humanities, natural sciences, etc.). 

Monetary gifts are handled by the Development Office of the college; when sending them, please designate for McCain Library. Gifts can be further specified as being in honor or in memory of a particular person. Monetary gifts sent directly to the library will be forwarded to the Development Office in order that the donor gets proper credit for the donation. 

Major recent gifts have included:

  • funds from Rev. J. Phillips Noble, Sr. have been used to create the Betty Pope Scott Noble '44 College Heritage Center, a museum and research center displaying historical documents, photographs and artifacts relating to Agnes Scott, in honor of his wife;
  • unrestricted funds from the Sally and Mary Minter Family Foundation have been used to provide many requested library resources, technology tools and upgrades, benchmarking surveys and other needed items;
  • unrestricted support for the library from Leewood Bates Woodell ’63, President, the Woodell Family Foundation, has enabled the library to provide access to two valuable science e-resources, the JSTOR Life Sciences Collection and the heavily used SpringerLink Journals, providing full-text articles in the hard sciences, as well as some in the humanities and social sciences.

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McCain Library is very grateful for appropriate gifts to its collection. Gifts of materials can be made directly to the library (printable gift form here). When requested, memorial bookplates will be placed in gift items.

Because the purchase price is only part of the cost involved in maintaining an item in the library (cataloging in a national database and staff time for processing are factors too), and in order to control the growth of the collection as a whole, books and other material gifts are evaluated in terms of the same selection criteria as library purchases. If an item is already well represented or for any reason is not appropriate for the collection, then an attempt is made to place the gift where it will be more useful. It is important that the library have as full control over all gift items as it has over the rest of its collection.