Gifts and donations

The Library assesses all requests for potential donations according to our Collection Development Framework guidelines. Acceptance of donations is conditional on compliance with the strategic direction of the Library and University and must meet a gap in our collections and/or be directly related to our learning/teaching or research areas.

Please note: We currently have a large backlog of donations to review and are unable to accept requests until further notice.

For all donation enquiries, please email

For non-book donations, such as papers, photographs or records related to La Trobe University and its antecedent institutions, please email or visit How to donate to the Archives for more information.

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.