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Donating to Lane Library

Over the years, Lane Medical Library has been deeply grateful for the generosity of individuals and departments who have enriched our collection through monetary donations and materials gifts.

Today as we work to stretch our acquisitions budget, we continue to welcome contributions to support our overall library mission. Monetary gifts, current and newly published books, especially publications by Stanford authors have a direct impact on our collections, programs, and facilities.

Financial contributions can be made in memory of family members, colleagues, and friends or to recognize special individuals.

If you are considering a monetary donation you can:

  • Donate Online via Giving to Stanford - The Lane Medical Library Unrestricted Support Fund
  • Contact Lane's Administrative Office at 650-723-7197 or .

Current Materials

  • Donations of medical science books published within last two years
  • Publications from Stanford authors or alumni.

Please note: Lane Library no longer accepts donations of periodicals/journals.

Due to staffing, space limitations and the growth of our digital special collections, we are forced to curtail acceptance of physical materials.

Before bringing donations to the library, please contact the Acquisitions Department at (650) 725-4587, , or fax 650-723-5861.

For donations outside of our accepted current materials, please download our Gift Referral list or visit the Stanford University Libraries gift opportunities page.

Historical, Rare Books and Artifacts

If you are considering donation of historical materials (including personal papers, historical medical artifacts, and pre-1900 publications) please contact Drew Bourn, PhD, MLIS ( CAP profile), Historical Curator at the Stanford Medical History Center, at 650-725-8045 or at .

Letter of Acknowledgement

Lane will provide a letter of acknowledgment upon donor request. A copy of a donor-supplied list may be attached.

Please include a filled out copy of the Lane Library Donation Slip (PDF) with your donation.

For questions or additional information please contact the Acquisitions Department at (650) 725-4587, .

Appraisals for Tax Purposes

The library is legally prohibited from providing tax appraisals for gifts. Donors wishing to take a deduction from their annual income tax may want to consult IRS Regulations or a tax expert for specific questions.

Conditions of Acceptance

It is the responsibility of the donor to arrange for the delivery of gifted items.

Material donated to Lane Medical Library become the property of the library and can be used as our librarians and archivists deem fit. We accept only donations that will enhance the collection either by adding to the collection or by providing funds through their sale. Lane Library may offer donated materials to other libraries on campus or elsewhere. If an item is not needed and is not salable, an attempt will be made to give it away or recycle it. Lane Medical Library reserves the right to dispose of donated materials as it sees fit, unless a prior arrangement has been reached.