Occasionally we hear of people who have a family history book that they would like to donate. We know that some of our FH Centres have donated books on the shelf. Some times however the person would like to donate the book to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. How do you do that?
We would suggest that you do the following:
- Go to FamilySearch.org then click on Help in the upper right hand corner
- In the box below Ask a Question type in Donate Books and then click Search
- The following is from a knowledge document entitled “How patrons can donate or loan records, books, or personal genealogy to Family History Library acquisitions” (number 101707)
“Many valuable records have been added to the Family History Library by patrons sending in their records to be copied and returned. The digital copy is placed in the library. We will need information about the records you want to have digitized so we can determine if they meet our criteria.
Donations may be sent to the following address:
50 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-0005
Donations may also be delivered to the Family History Library donation desk, located in the main floor lobby.
For a complete list of items and guidelines for donating to FamilySearch, please see “Gifts, Donations, and Loans to FamilySearch,” attached and posted on FamilySearch.org. To locate these guidelines, go to http://www.familysearch.org, select FamilySearch Centers, then Family History Library, then Gifts and Donations, and then Donations to the Family History Library.
A summary of the items FamilySearch will accept is listed below.
FamilySearch will accept only materials that:
- Are readable, organized, and accessible to help researchers identify individuals and relationships by name, date, and place.
- Add new information to FamilySearch’s collection (duplicate materials are not accepted).
- Fit in available shelf space.
- Do not violate current privacy and copyright laws.
FamilySearch accepts the following materials:
- Autobiographies and biographies containing genealogical material.
- Family histories with genealogical information.
- Indexes to records.
- Local histories (limited).
- Well organized collections of genealogical and research materials (if preapproved by Library Rights).
FamilySearch accepts the following materials only if submitted with a Permission to Duplicate form signed by the copyright owner or legal custodian of the original documents:
- Census records.
- Directories (limited).
- Genealogical periodicals.
- Newspaper extracts (such as obituaries).
- Commercially available computer software.
- Original records, such as cemetery records, church records and histories, court records, land records, military records, naturalization records, passenger lists, probate records, and vital records.”
There is then 2 attachments:
- Donations guidelines
- Permission request