The National and University Library receives donations which strengthen the library collection and are in line with its acquisition policy. Those who want to donate materials to the Library should prior to a delivery, contact the correct intermediary. Considerable costs are incurred by the reception, cataloguing and storage of library material and therefore it is necessary to make sure that donations benefit library users. The Library accepts Icelandic material and material related to Iceland if there is no prior copy available or if a second copy is necessary. The Library also accepts materials which support diverse academic programs of the University of Iceland or are of benefit to the research community.

Disposition of donations

The Library reserves the right to treat donated materials, as is the case with other library materials and dispose of it if it sees fit. The same rules apply for the use, location and weeding of donations as for other materials. In case of large donations, the Library selects items from the offered collection in the home or office of the donor. If materials is very specialized the Library frequently requests the assistance of a specialist in to assist with the selection. The donors can recall items that the Library rejects within a specified period of time. At the end of this period the Library can dispose of materials in anyway it sees fit. The donors can request a list of the items that are incorporated into the collection.


Reception of donations

The most common means of delivery are informal unless the donations are especially extensive or valuable. If you want to donate materials to the Library please contact one of the following:

For books and journals: Magný Rós Sigurðardóttir, tel. 525 5721, gjafir (hja)
Private archives and manuscripts: Bragi Þ. Ólafsson, tel. 525 5677, handrit (hja)
Audio-visual department: Bryndís Vilbergsdóttir, tel. 525 5774, bryndisv (hja)


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