Donating Books or Journals to NLM's Current Collection
To donate books published since 1914, please:
1. Search our catalog, LocatorPlus® to confirm that the NLM does not already own book(s) you want to donate.
2. If the NLM does not own the book(s), write a "gift offer" which includes a statement confirming you checked our catalog and the NLM does not own the item(s). For each book include:
- author or editor
- place of publication
- date of publication
3. Send the written offer with the information in #2 above to:
National Library of Medicine
Collection Development & Acquisition Section
Bethesda, MD 20894
Attn: Lorretta Turnage
To donate journals published 1871 to present:
Use the Journal Donation System to see if NLM needs the volume(s) you want to donate. Any library can register for the system and offer a title.
The NLM will pay shipping for volume(s) we need that you can donate. For assistance, contact the Journal Donation Program at (301) 496-0081 or NLMJournalDonation@mail.nlm.nih.gov.
Information for donating historical materials (rare manuscripts, medical books published before 1914, or journals published before 1871) to the NLM is at //www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/donate.html.
To donate books or journals to other libraries:
The American Library Association maintains a list of suggestions titled "Sending Books to Needy Libraries: Book Donation Programs."
Information about monetary donations to the NLM is in Donations to the National Library of Medicine.