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Donating Books or Journals to NLM's Current Collection

If you wish to donate books published since 1914, please:

1. Confirm that the NLM does not already own the book(s) you want to donate. To do this, search the NLM catalog, LocatorPlus® at

2. If the Library does not own the item(s), write a "gift offer" which includes:

-- A statement confirming that you checked the NLM catalog and NLM does not own the item(s) 

-- Book author(s), title(s), place(s) and date(s) of publication, publisher(s), and edition statement(s)

3. Send written offer(s) to:

National Library of Medicine
Selection & Acquisition Section
Bethesda, MD 20894
Attn: Lorretta Turnage
(301) 496-3829

If you wish to donate journals published 1871 to present:

Go to the Journal Donation System at to find out if NLM needs the volumes you could donate. NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. If you need assistance, contact the Journal Donation Program at (301) 496-0081 or

Related Questions

If you are interested in donating rare manuscripts, medical books published before 1914, or journals published before 1871, please see Donating Historical Materials to the National Library of Medicine at

If you are interested in making monetary donations to the NLM, please see Donations to the National Library of Medicine at