Gifts and Donations

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

Enquiries related to gifts of archival materials, items published before 1850 or other rare material should be directed to Dr Simon Dixon, Head of Archives and Special Collections at

All 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.