Build Collections

Gifts to library collections help to address the critical need for more library resources, whether it is newly published books, electronic journals, database upgrades, documentary films, unique manuscripts or special collections. We hope you’ll consider these initiatives to help strengthen the Libraries now and for future generations.

Honour with Books

Honour with Books provides a meaningful way to celebrate a special person in your life while making an important contribution to York’s library collection.  For every donation of $100 or more directed to Honour with Books, a personalized bookplate will be affixed to the front cover of a newly acquired volume in our collection.

For more information, contact Abbey Black at or 416-650-8432.

Named Collection Endowment

Our Collection Endowment provides permanent funding to acquire library materials in a subject area of your choice. The principal of the endowment is invested and only the income is used to purchase the materials. For $25,000, you may establish a named endowment and bookplates will be affixed to items that are added to the library collection. A pledge at this level can be fulfilled over a period of up to five years. For more information about establishing an endowment, please contact Joy Kirchner, University Librarian , at 416-736-5935.

Gifts In Kind – Archival Records

Many of the distinctive collections in York University Libraries’ Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections are gifts-in-kind donations. If you have some special materials or personal papers which you think may fit with the research and teaching activities of York, please consult with us.

Please get in touch with Michael Moir, Head, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections  at 416-736-2100 ext. 22457 to discuss a potential contribution.

Due to the high cost of storage and processing, we are unable to accept all donations. We encourage prospective donors to provide a list of materials including the title or description and condition of the items.

Gifts In Kind – Books

York University Libraries have been enriched by generous donations of books and other gifts in kind in addition to monetary gifts from members of the University community and friends of the Libraries. These donations are an important element in our collection development activities. We encourage gifts that enhance the strengths of existing collections and support the teaching and research programs, present and anticipated, of the University.

How to Donate