University of Nebraska Libraries:

Books & Materials Donations

University of Nebraska Libraries does not accept most book or materials donations from personal or departmental libraries. This policy is due to increasing space constraints and the high cost of sorting, reviewing, and processing donated materials.

Library Staff Cannot Appraise Your Collection

Professional standards, university policy, and IRS regulations prohibit library staff from making monetary appraisals or estimates of value.

Other Places to Donate Books & Other Materials

We encourage you to please consider one of these other options for passing along your material:

Archives & Special Collections:

Donate rare or unique books, unpublished materials, and personal papers

Archives & Special Collections serves as the repository for rare or unique books, unpublished materials, and personal papers, as well as the permanent records of the university. Consider donating these types of materials to Archives & Special Collections. Materials representing diverse perspectives and stories are especially welcome.

If you have questions or materials to donate to Archives & Special Collections, contact:

Mary Ellen Ducey, University Archivist 

Read more information about collections of interest to Archives & Special Collections.

Other ways to give and support the libraries

Visit Support the Libraries web page for more information on giving opportunities, ways to give, and contact information for the University Libraries and the NU Foundation. Your gift helps us better serve our students, faculty, Nebraskans, and scholars around the world.

Contact us about this policy

If you have any additional questions about our Gift Policy or donating books and materials, contact:

Michael Straatmann, Associate Director for Collection Management