Development of library collections at FIU is directed by the goal to provide students and faculty access to collections and other learning resources. The Special Collections Department strives to build international collections, foster discovery and access and promote scholarship, research and innovation. Many of the Special Collections's rare and unique materials have been received as gifts or acquired by the Green Library at FIU. We welcome inquiries from individuals or organizations interested in donating to the library. Areas of collecting interest are Latin America, the Caribbean, Miami and South Florida. Visit the FIU Libraries Collection Development Policy for more information.
Special Collections and University Archives staff work closely with donors to identify materials appropriate for adding to our collection. When possible, donors are encouraged to provide an inventory or overall summary of the collection for staff review. After the staff and the donor have agreed in principle that the materials are appropriate for preserving in Special Collections, they will make arrangements to have the materials transported to Special Collections, where they will be accessioned and stored for processing, arrangement and description by the staff.
Legal transfer of the materials from the donor to the University occurs when the donor reviews and signs a deed of gift agreement. The deed of gift formally transfers ownership of the materials to the University. The University invests in the materials and labor in care of collections which it owns, therefore, we cannot accept materials on deposit or loan.
For additional information regarding ways you can support the Special Collections and University Archives, please contact the department by email or phone.