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
  • title
  • place of publication
  • date of publication
  • publisher
  • edition

3. Send the written offer with the information in #2 above to:

    National Library of Medicine
    Collection Development & Acquisition Section
    Bethesda, MD 20894


To donate journals published 1871 to present:

NLM welcomes donations of print journal and index volumes that are missing from our collection. If you represent a medical library that is discarding serial collections, NLM encourages you to share your list of discards, so we may fill in any gaps. NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. For assistance, contact the Journal Donation Program at  Visit the Journal Donation Program webpage for more information.

Information for donating historical materials (rare manuscripts, medical books published before 1914, or journals published before 1871) to the NLM is at

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."

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