Donate to the Library

Help us make the best use of your donations

While the Library is always happy to receive donations of items that enhance our collections and support our current curriculum, there are things potential donors can do to help make the best use of items they wish to find a new home for.

Please contact us in advance ( to see if we want and can use your particular donation. There are many items that we cannot make use of, and we do not have the space or staff to deal with unwanted items. There are other recipients who might be able to make better use of your donations, and we can help connect you with them.

There are some items we welcome:

  • contemporary literary fiction, poetry, drama, and criticism in English and French
  • runs of scholarly and/or literary journals that fill gaps in our holdings

There are also items we regretfully cannot accept:

  • duplicates of items already in our collection
  • self-published or print-on-demand books
  • materials that have been damaged by (for example) water, damp, mildew, mould, animals, insects, or smoke (including cigarette smoke)
  • popular fiction
  • textbooks
  • encyclopedia sets
  • magazines
  • cassette tapes, LPs, and CDs
  • VHS tapes and DVDs

For more details, please see our Gifts Policy, below.

Another way to donate

You can make a monetary donation to the Library through Acadia University's Office of Advancement. Further information is available on the Development page of the main Acadia website.