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Library Donations

Materials Donations

The University Library welcomes gifts of books and other research materials that enhance the collection strengths and support DePaul’s instructional and research programs. All potential gifts are evaluated by appropriate library staff in accordance with the collection development policies of the DePaul University Library and the Gift Acceptance and Processing policy of the University.

Temporary Donation Policy Enacted Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Both the John T. Richardson Library at the Lincoln Park Campus and the Loop Library at the Loop Campus are currently closed to patron traffic until university officials deem it safe enough to fully reopen the Library. We will not be accepting donations until the John T. Richardson Library enters its final stage of reopening due to lack of staff available to accept and process the donations. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Until the library enters its final stage of reopening , potential donors are asked to review the University Library Gift Policy to ensure that their donation matches DePaul’s list of acceptable materials. A few important things to note:

  • Materials in very good condition which support the teaching and research mission of the university are preferred.
  • The library will not accept duplicate holdings.
  • The library will donate or discard all gifts not added to the collection.
  • ​​Current DePaul faculty and staff can send up to 50 titles without a list. Students and donors not affiliated with DePaul are required to provide a list. The list should include title, author, and publication date for each item. Liaison librarians​ will review the list and select items from the list to be added to the collection.
Should you wish to make a donation after the library enters its final stage of reopening​, please fill out the Library Donation Form. Although we cannot physically accept donations at the moment, the collections staff is happy to review your list of materials while we work remotely, and we will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your potential donation.

Monetary Donations

The library also welcomes direct donations of money to support library collections and programs. All monetary donations designated for the library will be processed in collaboration with DePaul’s Office of Development. Please find further information here:

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