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Donations to Library of Michigan Collections

The Library of Michigan actively accepts additions to its collections and holdings. Examples of items accepted include (but not limited to):

  • State of Michigan and local government published documents and publications
  • Published (privately or commercially) films, videos and audio recordings of Michigan governments, businesses and organizations
  • Minutes, reports, and proceedings of Michigan organizations
  • Directories of Michigan localities and organizations
  • Michigan maps and flat file items (e.g. posters)
  • Brochures and flyers
  • Michigan newspapers, periodicals, and serials
  • Compiled Michigan-focused conference papers
  • Michigan Family History information
    • Compiled cemetery transcriptions
    • Published vital record information
    • Society newsletters
    • Published histories of Michigan localities
  • Yearbooks of Michigan high schools, colleges/universities, and other post-secondary institutions
  • Printed Fiction/Non-Fiction works (commercially or privately/self-published) by Michigan authors
  • Collective papers of Michigan authors
    • Letters, emails
    • Journals, diaries, blogs

All gifted/donated items become the property of the Library of Michigan and will be evaluated and handled in the same manner as purchased materials. No conditional terms of acceptance are permitted. Acceptance of all items is at the discretion of the Library of Michigan. Inquiries about donations may be made by contacting the Library of Michigan at 517-335-1477 or by email to Please feel free to direct interested donors to this page by using the URL

Donations of Law Library Collections to the State Law Library

The State Law Library receives many offers of Michigan legal titles from now-closed law practices and law firms. As the number of practitioners requiring medium and large print libraries decrease, and the number of practitioners with digital-only research collections increase, the market for used print legal titles has reached a low point.

With very few exceptions, the State Law Library has multiple copies of every Michigan law book and does not have the space or capacity to accept any more as gifts. Prospective book donors may send us a list of titles to; we’re happy to review them for filling any gaps in our collections, but we regret that we rarely can accept any.

State Law Library staff are not aware of any libraries looking for gifts of this kind. The reality is that most collections of this nature are recycled. Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.: will buy and sell law practitioner titles on a limited basis; eBay is a place to offer book collections to decorators, photographers, or theater groups. Better World Books will possibly accept donations.

Library of Michigan Foundation

Your tax-deductible gift today will help ensure crucial programs, including library services statewide, stay alive and well.  Libraries are one of our most treasured resources and with your generosity the Library of Michigan will have an impact on the future of Michigan. The Library has served the people of Michigan since 1828 by focusing resources on critical needs of Michigan residents, telling and preserving the story of our state’s rich cultural heritage, and much more that we could not do without the generous support of individuals such as you!

The Library of Michigan Foundation provides opportunities for charitable giving to support Library of Michigan programs, collections, and services otherwise not provided through state or federal funding. Among the Library’s most impactful programs, are the Michigan Notable Books promoting Michigan authors, books and a shared literary culture; Ready to Read Michigan inspiring shared reading with young children and families, Library Development supporting libraries statewide with valuable resources; and Rare Book Collections preserving the story of our state’s rich heritage!

Visit to make a gift today or to learn more contact Patricia Headley, Chief Development Officer, at Make a gift online using the Foundation's Donation Form.

Thank you for contributing to the heart of Michigan’s rich cultural heritage.

Updated: 3/28/2024