Donating books

Books and other Library Materials

The Library welcomes donations that are relevant to the learning, teaching and research needs of the University community, and which provide a demonstrated benefit to the Library's collections

Conditions of Acceptance 

The Library accepts donations on the understanding that location, cataloguing, retention and preservation are at the discretion of the Library.

Donations will become the property of the University of Newcastle Library and may not be claimed back at a later date.

We regret that we are unable to accept the following donations:

  • Duplicates of titles already held in the collection
  • Titles which don't directly contribute to the support of learning and teaching and research within the University
  • Items in poor physical condition
  • Superseded editions of textbooks or reference works (including encyclopaedias)
  • Out of date content
  • Incomplete sets
  • Obsolete format
  • Magazines

If you would like to donate books or other materials to the Library, please:

Cultural Collections

Donations for Cultural Collections will be accepted where they are of particular historic, cultural or tangible significance to the University and its regional context. In such cases, items, collections, and other implications will be evaluated individually for acceptance, at the discretion and final decision of the University Librarian, in consultation with appropriate staff.

For further information please contact Cultural Collections

University Book Fair

In every odd-numbered year, the Friends of the University of Newcastle hold a Book Fair which raises money for spending on projects of benefit to the University. Suitable books and other material may be donated to the Friends.

For further information contact friends@newcastle.edu.au