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Does Special Collections accept donations?

Special Collections Firestone practice for acquiring materials for its collections is to work through rare book dealers or auction houses, with whom the Library has a long-established relationship, rather than purchasing directly from private individuals. This includes donations.

A list of reputable rare book dealers can be found on the Antiquarian Booksellers of America Association (ABAA) website

Due to space considerations, even when our department does receive offers from our associated dealers, the curators tend to be very selective regarding acquisitions.


For donations concerning the collections held at Mudd Library (University Archives and Public Policy papers), please note that Mudd has paused accepting materials due to the renovation and temporary staff reassignments. We are requesting potential private donors, University offices, and departments to postpone sending any material to Mudd. We will resume accepting transfers when we are situated back in our newly renovated space and can properly address them. 

Please visit the Access to Mudd Library During Renovation page for the most up-to-date information on when collections will again be available.

For more information regarding donations, please contact Special Collections staff with questions or concerns via the Ask Us! form