The University Library has long appreciated gift materials from individuals and organizations
Over the years, these donated books and other materials have enriched the library collection immensely.
However, gifts have never been "free," as staff members are required for pickup, evaluation, cataloging, labeling, and disposal (of unwanted items). The library therefore can generally only accept gifts of rare collections or archival material.
What we especially want
Collections of archival or rare material are of strong interest to Special Collections and unique or historic maps of the local region (with the exception of road maps) are of interest to the Map Collection.
If you feel that your collection may have unusual value for the library, you are welcome to contact the Special Collections & Archives (831) 459-2547
What to do with other materials
- In general, unbound magazines, journals, newspapers and other such material should be recycled; both the UCSC campus mixed-paper recycling program and the Santa Cruz County recycling program accept such material.
- We suggest that you deliver all other materials, including books, recordings, and audio-visual material to Logos Books and Records. Logos, in downtown Santa Cruz, is happy to accept materials in any quantity. If you wish your material to benefit the University Library, you may indicate this to the Logos staff; you will be provided a gift form for tax purposes and the library will receive credit for those materials that Logos will resell, providing the library with money to purchase needed books.