Gifts of Books and Other Library Materials

The Texas A&M University Libraries gladly considers donations of the following materials:

  • The University Libraries welcome gifts of books written by Texas A&M faculty and staff. These items can be sent to the Libraries’ Director of Collection Development & Acquisitions Services, John Ballestro,, 979-862-4647.
  • The Libraries will also accept unique items in good condition that are of critical research interest to the University, which are not currently held in our general collection, and which are not commercially available. Please see the appropriate subject specialist for these materials.
  • The Cushing Memorial Library and Archives reviews donations of unique or rare books, manuscripts, personal papers, Texas A&M related materials, and other archival materials that are of critical research interest to the University and enhance our special collections. For more information about donating to the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, contact the Director of Cushing Library, 979-845-1951.
  • The Medical Sciences Library (MSL) reviews donations of materials in veterinary medicine and related fields, regardless of age or format. These might include standard books and journals, unique, rare, or historical print works, manuscripts, personal papers, artifacts, and other archival materials in the field. For more information about donating to the Medical Sciences Library, contact Nancy Burford,, 979-845-1820.

Apart from the exceptions above, the Libraries are no longer able to accept donations of books and other materials. This change in policy is aligned with the Libraries strategic initiative to provide digital content when appropriate to enable optimal access to resources and materials. The Libraries’ space constraints and the high costs associated with evaluating and processing donated materials are also factors in revising our gift policy.

Please consider other donation alternatives such as your local public library, used books stores, Goodwill, BetterWorld Books ( or charitable organizations such as Books for Africa (

To address questions related to this policy, please contact: John Ballestro, Director of Collection Development & Acquisitions Services at, 979-862-4647.