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Special Collections is a rich and diverse research resource containing a wide range of materials acquired either through purchase or donation. We serve researchers locally, nationally, and internationally. We actively collect and preserve old and rare material--especially if published before 1850--as well as finely printed, bound or illustrated modern books, and material that is special because of format, historical or monetary value, condition, or distinguished provenance (former ownership). In addition, we collect certain material according to its genre--please see a partial list below, under gifts-in-kind.


The Library welcomes gifts-in-kind that meet our collection guidelines, as well as donations of money designated for the purchase of rare materials and/or for the conservation of our collection.  Your support is essential for us to accomplish our important mission.

Gifts in-Kind

Special Collections welcomes gifts of:

  1. Rare books, maps and manuscripts
  2. Architectural guidebooks (British Isles)
  3. Canadian sheet music (pre-World War ll)
  4. Canadian theatre/concert programs
  5. Canadian pamphlets and early periodicals
  6. Stereoscopic cards

Potential donors should feel free to contact the Curator of Special Collections.

For additional information on giving at Queen’s, please see the following resources:

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Queen's University Library Gifts Policy

Queen's University Gift Acceptance Policy




Last Updated: 28 May 2015

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