Your gifts to the Zentralbibliothek

We are always grateful to receive gifts that fill gaps in our collections. Your gift can help our library grow. The basic rule is that we accept gifts of items that are not in our collections but are in line with the library’s collection strategy.

How it works

If you would like to donate books or other media to us, please contact us using our online form. Please indicate what you would like to donate to us so that we can process your offer as quickly as possible. As soon as we have received your enquiry it will be assessed by our experts. We will then let you know whether we can accept any of the items you have proposed as a gift.

Please note

We are not able to accept any gifts without prior consultation. We therefore reserve the right to dispose of such items as we see fit. We regret that, for reasons of cost, we will not return any gifts.

Considering a larger gift?

If you wish to donate a large volume of books or other media to us, please contact us as early as possible, so that we can carry out the necessary additional enquiries. All large-scale gifts must be made on the basis of a contract.

How to contact us

There are two ways to contact us if you have any questions:

  • For books in general, contact:
  • For historic documents – e.g. rare books (pre-1900), manuscripts, music scores, maps, graphic works, archival materials and literary estates – contact Dr Stefan Wiederkehr, Head of Special Collections: