How do I donate my book (photograph / print / other historic item) to the Library of Congress?

Thank you for considering donating materials to the Library!

The Library welcomes inquiries about donations of library materials but cannot accept everything. Prospective donors should NOT send the item(s) to the Library, but should instead submit a donation offer identifying the item(s) to be donated to the Donations/Gifts of Library Materials Form also available at https://www.loc.gov/acq/gifts/.

Note that many items published may already be in the Library of Congress collections. Before completing the form, please search the Library of Congress Online Catalog also available at https://catalog.loc.gov/ to check whether or not your item is already part of the Library’s collection.

If you do not find your item and are interested in donating the gift of a potential collection item(s) to the Library of Congress, please fill out the form below. The information will assist the appropriate Library professionals in assessing the offer. Please note that the Library of Congress cannot make an estimation or appraisal regarding the monetary value of the gift.

Prospective donors of books published in the United States should be aware that the Library acquires many U.S. titles through copyright deposit also available at https://www.copyright.gov/mandatory/ .

For potential donors of materials published outside the United States, please see a list of Library of Congress international acquisition offices and additional information also available at https://www.loc.gov/acq/donatex.html.

For donations of monetary gifts, please contact the Library's Development Office at
http://www.loc.gov/donate.html. For additional information about a potential tax-deductible contribution or gift to a specific fund or Library Division please see: https://www.loc.gov/philanthropy/index.php#rare_items

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