Donating Books

Kelvin Smith Library welcomes gifts of books and other cultural heritage materials that extend and complement existing collections.  

Because of the high cost of storage and processing, the library is unable to accept all donations. All gifts of books will be reviewed by an appropriate curator or subject specialist prior to acceptance by the library. Donors are encouraged to submit a list of the items they wish to donate. Curators or subject specialists can also visit your office/home to examine the materials and determine their suitability.

Drop-offs are not accepted. All donations must be arranged in advance.

Although exceptions may be made for rare and unique items, materials that fall outside of our collecting policy generally include textbooks, popular fiction/trade hardcover and paperbacks, popular magazines, issues of periodicals, and titles the library already owns. If you are considering a gift of books to Kelvin Smith Library or have a question, please contact Jen Starkey, Research Services Team Leader.