The UC San Diego Library welcomes donations of materials from our faculty and the community for our collection. Gifts enhance the existing collection and support the university's commitment to excellence in research and instruction. All donated items are carefully reviewed by library specialists who determine what materials will be added to the collection. Gifts likely to be selected include books, personal research papers, datasets, letters, manuscripts, and other research materials. Outdated textbooks, popular books and magazines, vinyl sound recordings, reprints, commonly available journals, materials that duplicate what is already owned, and materials in poor condition are generally not accepted for the collection.
Prospective donors are encouraged to first submit the gift submission form and an inventory of materials they would like to donate. An inventory is always helpful to facilitate review, and you may upload title lists or other information to assist us with evaluating the materials you are offering. To ensure maximum accessibility to the Library's resources, donors are asked not to place restrictions on housing, access, processing, or related matters. The Library reserves the right to decline an offer of material that is already held in the collection or that does not meet collection needs.
We are especially interested in hearing from our faculty regarding book collections and other research materials they would like us to consider, and we are happy to arrange for their on-site review. We are also willing to offer individual consultation for the best placement of your materials, either here or elsewhere. For materials we wish to add to our collection, we can arrange for pick-up and transportation to the Library. Or, upon request, we can make arrangements to pick up a faculty member’s entire personal or working library, select individual items for addition to the Library, and route the remainder as stated below.
Donations are accepted with the understanding that all materials become the property of The Regents of the University of California. In compliance with University of California policy, items that are not added to the Library's collection or sent to another UC campus are ordinarily sent to UC San Diego Surplus Sales. Proceeds from these sales are a valued source of revenue for the Library.
Because federal tax regulations prohibit the Library from giving appraisals or estimates of the value of gifts, appraisals are the responsibility of the donor. The Library will, however, provide a list of qualified appraisers upon request. Donors are encouraged to consult a knowledgeable tax expert about current requirements.
Gifts will be acknowledged upon request.