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Burns Library Donations

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How to Give

How to donate to Burns Library

Financial Support

Your financial gift to John J. Burns Library helps us to host events and programs, purchase special supplies and equipment, and acquire rare books and manuscripts that enhance the value of our collections for research and teaching. Please see financial support to learn how to make and direct your contribution to support our programming and collections.

Donating Books and Other Materials

Burns Library welcomes gifts of book, manuscripts, archives, and other materials that enhance or complement our existing collections. Please refer to our Collections Overview to see our collection strengths and the subject areas we have been developing. If your materials fall outside the scope of our collecting aims, we may be able to assist you in identifying more appropriate institutions to contact. Please refer to Boston College Libraries' gift policy for books that may be suitable for the general, circulating collections of one of our other campus libraries.

Some general dos and don'ts

When preparing to offer books or other materials to Burns Library, please do:

  • read all of the applicable sections of our donation policies and process
  • contact us in advance with a description and representative photos of the materials you wish to donate
  • wait until you have a confirmed appointment with a member of our staff, or you have received instructions on how to ship materials for review

please do not:

  • drop off materials unannounced
  • bring or ship any materials that are affected by mold, mildew, or pests