Book Donations and Other Gifts-in-Kind

The University of Virginia Library is grateful for offers of gifts of materials for its collections. The Library welcomes donated books and manuscripts that enhance its collections in support of the University’s teaching and research needs. The Library declines offers of gifts if they unnecessarily duplicate existing holdings, if the subject matter is outside the scope of its collections, or if there are donor restrictions the Library cannot honor.

In order to provide a service to potential donors, the Library has worked with several other Virginia educational institutions to create a referral list for materials that may be made directly to another institution in the Commonwealth.

Members of the University community should contact the Library to discuss possible gifts of books, journals, or other materials before sending them. Appropriate materials selectors or branch librarians may be queried in advance about offers of such gifts-in-kind. For a listing of these individuals, see the Librarians for U.Va. Departments page you can link to from the Library’s home page. If a gift collection is accepted, the Library may sell those items not appropriate for the collection and which cannot be referred to other libraries. Library staff are not permitted to appraise gifts, but there are a number of local appraisers who can be consulted.

For questions relating to gift policy matters, contact Leigh Rockey at or (434) 924-3812.