As of September 2021, the Libraries no longer has an active gifts-in-kind program for our general collections (possible exceptions are outlined below). We continue to consider manuscript collections or other items that would enhance the unique and noteworthy holdings of our Special Collections Research Center.

Types of Gifts-in-Kind

The following guidelines are offered to assist donors. The University Libraries retains the right to accept or decline all potential gifts.

Manuscript and archival materials

If you have items you believe may be of interest to our Special Collections Research Center, please contact Lynn Eaton, Director, Special Collections Research Center at We also welcome inquiries about contributions to our University Archives from current and former members of the Mason community.


The Libraries may consider small gifts of rare books or of books in our high priority collecting areas. Please email a complete list of titles you would like us to consider to Dr. Helen McManus, Head, Collections Strategy, at This list will be evaluated by subject expert librarians in accordance with the collection development policies of the George Mason University Libraries.


The Libraries is not accepting donations of magazines, journals, or newspapers.

Music and Media

The Libraries is not accepting donations of music or media.


Please contact Dr. Helen McManus, Head, Collections Strategy, at, with questions or gift inquiries.