Donations & Gifts


Eliot's Bird of Paradise, hand-colored lithograph by Joseph Wolf. (AMNH image no. 5373)

The Library welcomes gifts of in-scope books and journals, and Museum related artwork, memorabilia and archival material (photographs, film, manuscript material, etc.) from the general public and other institutions. Gifts may be brought to the Library's front desk Tuesdays through Thursdays from 2:00-5:30pm. Book and Journal gifts may also be mailed to the Library at the following address:

"Division of Library Services - Gifts"
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St.
New York, NY 10024-5192

Please note that gifts to the Library are only accepted without restrictions and with the understanding that every gift may not be added to the collections. Please indicate if you would like to have a letter sent to you stating the number of items given to the Library.

The Library does not purchase materials based on solicitations, nor are we able to evaluate materials for the purpose of establishing their market value or value for tax purposes.

You may contact Acquisitions if you have specific questions regarding book and journal donations.  You may contact Special Collections if you have specific questions regarding artwork, memorabilia or archival material donations.