Quality scholarly material is the backbone of a good research collection. We thank you for thinking of the University of Texas Libraries regarding your donation of materials. Each year we add thousands of gift items, including books, CDs, maps and periodicals, to the ten libraries on campus, as well as the Marine Science Library in Port Aransas. These gifts strengthen the Libraries' holdings, fill in missing issues of periodicals, provide additional copies of popular and high-circulating material, and replace lost and damaged items.
While we appreciate and encourage the donation of materials, we must limit our acceptance to materials that specifically support the University's teaching and research programs, and that do not unnecessarily duplicate materials at hand. Space and staff time are at a premium.
We may accept high quality books, both hardback and paperback, of scholarly, artistic or scientific merit, sound recordings, maps, videos, CD-ROMs, and archival material pertinent to our collections. We encourage and appreciate receipt of detailed inventory lists for large volume donations consisting of: title, author, edition, publisher, and year of publication. These lists will facilitate our ability to check the materials against our current holdings and to evaluate the materials' relevance to our collections.
We may decline outdated textbooks (older than three years), popular magazines, newspapers, scholarly books and journals that duplicate our holdings, mass-market paperbacks, popular encyclopedias, and materials in poor condition.
Please contact the Gifts Coordinator or the appropriate Subject Specialists to discuss the donation and to arrange for a review of the material. We may require an inventory list or a representative sample of the collection. We reserve the right to select particular materials from the collection that fit within our collections' current needs and scope.
Further information regarding the donations can be found on the The Deed of Gift Form.