Donate Books


It is the policy of the IUPUI University Library to only accept book donations when such acceptance furthers the mission of the University Library and when the intent of the donor can be reasonably and legally accommodated without undue stress upon the University Library’s resources, systems, and staff. The University Library will not accept book donations for which it cannot provide appropriate stewardship.

Specific collection interests include philanthropic studies and the history, literature, geography, and people of central Indiana. Outdated textbooks, superceded editions, duplicate copies, material in foreign languages other than those taught at IUPUI, items in poor physical condition, and periodicals are not appropriate for addition to the collection.

Please keep in mind that it is costly to accept a book donation. The library must check to see if we already have it and determine if it fits the collection strategy. If we accept the book, it must be catalogued and shelved. The process costs us over $10 per book for every book that comes in the door, whether we add it to the collection or not. Monetary gifts to cover the cost of processing gift books are always welcome.

If you wish to contribute books to the IUPUI University Library, please contact Librarian Kevin Petsche at (317) 278-2330 or

There are several places that will accept book donations that might better align with your materials and goals.

They include:

For further details, see the Book Donation Policy.

Subject librarians and library staff should refer to the Policy and Procedures Governing the Acceptance and Processing of In-Kind Gifts.