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Donating

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Donations of books, manuscripts, archival materials and other items significantly contribute to the excellence of VCU Libraries. Many signature collections were established as gifts from generous alumni, faculty members and donors. A determination of whether a prospective gift enhances the value of our holdings for research, teaching and creative expression requires careful review. Staff members consider a variety of factors including, collection history, condition and existing collection strengths and priorities. 

Some helpful, general sources of information about rare books, archives and manuscript collections can be found in the Society of American Archivists’ brochures "A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository" and "A Guide to Donating Your Organizational Records to a Repository" and the Association of Collection Research Libraries’ “Your Old Books.”

For questions or to discuss potential gifts of materials, please contact us

For monetary gifts, please consider giving to the Special Collections and Archives Fund: 

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Special Collections and Archives Fund purchases, preserves and makes accessible primary-source materials of 20th- and 21st-century Central Virginia, University archives, Comic Arts and Book Arts and medical artifacts and collections related to the health sciences. SCA Fund Give to SCA Fund

Contact Us

Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library: libjbcsca@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1108
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-noon: by appointment. Noon-4pm: walk-in or appointment.

Special Collections and Archives at the Health Sciences Library: libhslsca@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9898
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-noon: by appointment. Noon-4pm: walk-in or appointment.

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