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Syracuse University Libraries' principal collections support academic excellence in the research, creative, and teaching pursuits of Syracuse University. These collections include books, journals, maps, video, audio, data, and other formats for use by the University community. Librarians in the department of Research and Scholarship select these materials for use by the University community.

If you have questions about or suggestions regarding principal collections, please:

Gift Giving

Syracuse University Libraries is appreciative of the generosity of those wishing to donate materials to the collections, however we have a limited ability to accept unsolicited books or other items due to limited staff resources and space.

Exceptions may be made if the potential donation strongly supports the current University curriculum and clearly enhances the Libraries' mission. In these cases potential donors should contact the Head of Collections and Research Services at for additional information about policies and procedures.

If a donor feels that their collection represents rare and/or archival material, they are encouraged to contact the Special Collections Research Center at

Learn more about making gifts to support the Syracuse University Libraries

Licensed Resources

The Libraries strives to license materials efficiently and consistently with University policies and procurement practices, the library community's best practices, and the values of librarianship. To that end, the Libraries seeks agreements that align with the Syracuse University Libraries' Licensing Principles.

Information for Publishers and Vendors

Collection Development and Analysis Librarians schedule vendor visits on Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm. Please email them at to schedule a visit. Vendors, please see SUL Contact Information for Vendors [PDF] for additional points of contact.

Collections Memberships and Initiatives

The Syracuse University Libraries are members of:

And support the initiatives related to collections including: