Q. I am downsizing and would like to donate my collection of books/CDs/DVDs to the library.
A. Please contact the subject specialist most closely related to the field represented by your collection. Be prepared to describe your collection.

  • What is the subject matter?
  • How many items do you have (number of items, number of shelves, linear feet, etc.)
  • What is your time frame?

In general we are not in a position to accept materials that duplicate our holdings and we are most interested in materials we do not have. You may be asked to provide a list of your collection for us to use in our review.

Q. My collection is of popular titles and you have most of them in your collection. What can I do with them?
A. Offer your books to students in your department; offer them to friends. Contact your local public library and see if they will acccept them. Try local thrift and charity shops, as well.

If you wish to sell your collection, you can contact on-line book dealers such as Better World Books, Powells, etc. or local used-book dealers.

Q. Do you accept journals, magazines, annuals, newspapers, newsletters, etc?
A. Only on a title by title basis. We accept these when they provide a significant run of something that fits in our collection which we do not have in print or electronically, or something that fills in gaps.

Q.  I have a collection of  materials that are unique and rare.  Can I donate them to Duke?
A. Be sure to contact staff in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Q. I have a collection of Duke memorabilia from the fifties. Do you keep this sort of material?
A. Staff in the University Archives handle materials related to Duke history and have a rich collection in this area. Please contact them.