Gifts and donations

The Library assesses all donations according to our Collection Development Framework guidelines. We accept items in good condition that support La Trobe University teaching and research. Accepted items will be included in our most appropriate campus collection.

Items required

We're most interested in:

  • Australiana, Australian fiction and local histories
  • histories and biographies
  • scholarly material
  • textbooks published in the last two years
  • award-winning material.

Items not accepted

There are some items we cannot use, such as:

  • superseded editions of texts
  • duplicates of titles already in our collections, including print journals already held in electronic form
  • material that shows signs of mould, has a musty smell or is otherwise in poor condition
  • science and technology materials published more than three years ago
  • condensed versions (e.g. Reader's Digest condensed books).

If you wish to place any limitations or restrictions on the use or disposal of gifts, they may not be accepted.

It's Library policy that gift material is integrated into our existing collections and subject to the same conditions of use including retention, location, use and disposal.

Unsuitable items are disposed of in the most appropriate way e.g. given to another library, discarded or sold.

If you're donating teaching, learning or research materials, please complete and sign this form.

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Donation enquiries
Ph: 03 94792922

Cultural gifts program

The Library is eligible to participate in the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. The program encourages gifts of significant items to libraries, public art museums and other cultural institutions by offering donors a tax deduction for the market value of the gifts.

Financial gifts

The Library welcomes monetary donations. To make a financial gift, please make a donation online through the University's secure giving page indicating that you wish to donate to the Library.

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