Donate a book or historical item

Help maintain and develop our collection.

Project Status: When you need to do this

What you need to do

If your item is an acceptable selected community language book or a local history item, take it to your nearest library branch.

Donating photos

  • Donated photographs must include information with the subject, date it was taken and the names of any individuals pictured.
  • If you wish to donate a photo, please contact the City of Sydney Archives team

Donating community language books

The library accepts books in new condition, or published less than 2 years ago, in the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese.

Donating local historic items

You can donate items with local historical value as this helps maintain and develop the library's history collection. We’ll only accept items relevant to this collection.

Once we accept them, donations become the library's property. We reserve the right to dispose of any donated materials at a later date.

To donate relevant items or find out more, contact the City of Sydney Library on 02 9265 9333 or [email protected]

Additional options for donations

You could also consider these options for donating books: