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FAQ: Donating Materials to the Library

Question: How can I donate books or journals to the Library?
Answer: To donate books or journals to the NLM, follow these steps:


  1. Confirm that the NLM does not already own the item(s) you want to donate.

To do this, search the NLM catalog, LocatorPlus at http://locatorplus.gov

  1. If the Library does not own the item(s), write a “gift offer” which should include:
  • A statement confirming that you checked the NLM catalog and NLM does not own the item(s).
  • Book author(s), title(s), place(s) and date(s) of publication, publisher(s), and edition statement(s)
  • Journal title(s), place(s) of publication, volume(s), issue(s), and year(s)

  1. Send offer(s) to:
Books for NLM's Current Collection
National Library of Medicine
Selection & Acquisitions Section
Bethesda, MD 20894
Attn: Lorretta Turnage
(301) 496-3829
Journals for NLM's Current Collection
National Library of Medicine
Preservation and Collection Management Section
Bethesda, MD 20894
Attn: Mary Kate Dugan
(301) 435-7113
Books and Journals for NLM's Historical Collection
(books before 1914 and journals before 1871):
National Library of Medicine
History of Medicine Division
Bethesda, MD 20894
(301) 402-8878


More information about How to Donate -- History of Medicine is at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/donate.html

If NLM doesn’t need your materials, please check the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library Web page Donation Programs for Books, Journals and Media at http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/hsl/donationprograms.html

The NLM does not do appraisals. A local public library or bookstore may be able to help.

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Last reviewed: 02 September 2008
Last updated: 02 September 2008
First published: 01 January 1998
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