Giving to the Library


The University of Melbourne Library adds value to the University's research, education and community program by providing resources that reflect the aims of the University. The Library welcomes gifts that will enrich University teaching or research or enhance the University’s collections.

Financial donations

We appreciate your help to digitise and conserve our unique collections, construct state of the art facilities and meet the information needs of our students and researchers.  Your support for the Library will enrich the whole University community and leave a lasting legacy for the scholars of tomorrow.

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible for Australian tax payers and may be made online.

Gifts of published material

The Library accepts donations of rare and obscure books and other items in a range of formats including maps, music scores, sound recordings, journal runs, ephemera and pamphlets, subject to the same collecting considerations which apply to purchased material, including the cost of cataloguing, storage and conservation.  Significant collections of suitable material are welcome and the Library is happy to discuss appropriate recognition of these donations.

Please do not send material without contacting us first. Unsolicited donations may be returned, or disposed of where no contact details are provided.

In the first instance, please contact the Collection Development Team Leader

Offers of gifts with significant resource implications will be referred to the Director, Research and Collections for approval.

Gifted material becomes the property of the University of Melbourne. Such gifts will be integrated into the existing collections, and cannot be claimed back at a later date. They are subject to the same conditions as existing collections, including processing, retention, location, use and disposal

Cultural Gifts Program and Cultural Bequests Program

The Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program enables eligible institutions, such as Melbourne University Library, to accept valuable donations of rare books and other collectibles while offering  the donor a tax deduction for the market value of the donated item(s).

The Cultural Bequests Program is for private collectors who wish to bequeath nationally significant cultural items or collections to the University.  Such bequests can offer tax benefits and also allow donors to retain custody of the item(s) during their lifetime.  For more information, please contact the Cultural Collections Coordinator.

Friends of the Baillieu

The Friends of the Baillieu Library help us to buy items of special importance, including rare books, prints and manuscripts.  The Friends also support digitisation projects that provide online access to the Library’s special and unique collection items.  For more information see the Friends of the Baillieu Library webpage.