Acquisition Requests & Donations


Museum staff may suggest books or journals for purchase by filling out the Book Acquisition Request Form or the Journal Acquisition Request Form.

Before submitting requests, please consult the Library Catalog to make sure that item is not already available in the collection or on order.


The Library welcomes donations of in-scope books and journals from the general public and other institutions. Book and journal donations may also be mailed to the Library at the following address:

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

Please note that donations 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.