Donating Materials to the Library

Donating Materials to the Library

The UCSF Library appreciates donations of materials that enrich the existing collection and that support the instructional and research mission of the university.


The Library accepts materials that:

  • Support the Library's mission;
  • Do not duplicate existing holdings;
  • Are free from markings, damage, insects, and stains;
  • Do not need extensive conservation;
  • Are free from donor restrictions.

Due to limited space and staff resources, the following policies apply to all donations:

  • Only those titles deemed in scope and appropriate to the collection are added.
  • Appraisals of the value of a donation cannot be provided.
  • There is no pick-up service for donation materials.
  • Only gifts that are accepted by the Collection Development Librarian are guaranteed to be processed and acknowledged to the donor. If material is dropped off without prior acceptance, the Library reserves the right to donate or dispose of the material without acknowledgement.

Types of Materials


  • Preference is given to titles published within the last five years.
  • Books of important historical value will also be considered.


  • In general, the Library only accepts journal volumes or issues that fill in gaps in existing journal runs.

Archives, Manuscripts, and Special Collections

How to Donate

Donors must contact the Library to discuss potential gifts before bringing or sending them in. Contact the Collection Development Unit at (415) 502-2184 (Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm); or email Library Collections.

We ask that you provide a list (or sample list) of items to be donated including title, author, and year published.

Other Donation Venues