The Library

Gifts and Donations

The Library is unable to accept general gifts or donations to Library stock.

If you have documents, books published before 1850, or other rare and unique material that you would like to offer us please find out more about what we collect and then contact Special Collections and a member of the team will be happy to help.

Any other gift and donation enquiries should be sent to Sarah Whittaker, Head of Academic Services at

In general, the Library, subject to evaluation, accepts the donation of material which supports the University’s teaching and research in current subject areas. The criteria used in assessing proposed donations are:

  • Whether the item is already held
  • Relevance to the University’s current teaching or research
  • The condition of the item
  • Space available to accommodate the item appropriately

Any donations are accepted on the understanding that they become the property of the University of Leicester and cannot be returned. Donations will not necessarily be retained permanently by the Library if they no longer meet the collection development strategy.

Donations of material prior to 1850 or other rare material are received on the basis of the University Archives selection policy and are governed by the Archives collections management policy and by agreement.

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