Donations to Deakin University Library

Deakin University Library is grateful to the many members of the community who express interest in supporting the collection through donating copies of books or journals. Nobody wants to see good books or journals go to waste, however donations are only of value to the Library if they are:

  • in good condition
  • not already in the collection or available online
  • current and relevant to the University's teaching and research program.

Donations will be accepted on the basis of relevance to the University's teaching and research programs and in accordance with the Library's criteria for selection. See also the Library Donations Procedure. Please contact the Library for more infiormation and to receive a copy of the Donation Agreement Form. Please note that the Library reserves the right to decline and dispose of donations.

Special Collections and Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library

Deakin University Library is still building its Special Collections of rare and valuable materials, and the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library, which holds material connected to Alfred Deakin, his life and times.

If you own material that you think will be a valuable contribution to these collections, you may wish to donate it to the Library where it will be placed in conditions suitable to ensure its preservation into the future, creating a lasting legacy for future generations.

Please contact the Special Collections Librarian if you have material that you think may be of interest.

Cultural Gifts Program

The Library is a registered deductible gift recipient and as such donations can be made to it under the Cultural Gifts Program. The Cultural Gifts Program provides tax incentives to encourage gifts of culturally significant items from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives. Donors wishing to use the Cultural Gifts Program must first confirm that the Library is willing to accept the gift for the collection.

Donors are responsible for familiarising themselves and complying with the requirements of the program, including:

  • arranging valuations from at least two approved valuers, at the donor's expense
  • ensuring that valuations are obtained within 90 days before or after the donation to the recipient institution.

Donors are encouraged to provide resources for processing and preserving donated materials.


Janetta Mascilongo; Manager, Collections and Information Resources
Kristen Thornton; Special Collections and Preservation Coordinator