Although material for Special Collections may be solicited, purchased, or exchanged, donation is the preferred method of acquisition. Of interest to Special Collections is the acquisition of materials related to its primary collecting areas. As the budget allows, Library funds can be used to purchase Rhode Island and Cape Verdean related materials. Donors are encouraged to consider including funds for the storage, processing, digitization, and other expenses associated with preservation and access.
The Special Collections Librarian is responsible for the development of collections in RIC Special Collections, and, in consultation with the Library Director, will accept or reject materials as appropriate. Please contact the Special Collections Librarian for further information on donating materials or for a more detailed collecting policy.