The Library welcomes gifts to its collection, but because of a lack of storage space and high processing costs, we may only accept gifts that meet the following criteria.
When does the Library accept a gift?
- The gift donor works or has worked for Wageningen University & Research or one of its predecessors.
- The collection does not already have a copy of the gift. This also applies to older editions of books.
- The theme of the gifted material fits within Wageningen University & Research’s research and education fields, i.e., agriculture, environment and nutrition in the broadest sense of the word.
- Publications that are to be donated have been produced by Wageningen UR or its predecessors or have been contributed to by a Wageningen researcher.
- Only supplements to our active or discontinued journals/series will be accepted. No printed material will be accepted if the library owns a digital copy.
- The material becomes the library’s property and is available to its users.
The Library does not accept
- Reprints, folders, brochures and other such material.
- Old theses and student reports.
- Printed material that is also digitally available, e.g., dissertations from other universities, reports from non-Wageningen University & Research institutes.
Old and rare material
Exceptions can be made for pre-1900 material and rare material, e.g., photographs or prints, that fall within Wageningen's areas of specialty. Would you like to gift pre-1900 or rare material? Then please contact the Special Collections curator.
When a gift is accepted
Because processing a gift is time consuming and costly, the Library may ask you to contribute to the gift’s processing costs if you donate a large gift. We may also ask you to check the catalogue of the Wageningen University & Research Library to see if the library already owns the material.
When donating a gift, please provide a clear description of your gift, preferably one that includes the title, author, edition and publication year.
If you would like to donate materials, please contact the Forum Library beforehand.