Making a Donation

A gift to the Library is a gift to the entire University community. There are a few ways to support the Ron Burnett Library + Learning Commons:

Book Donations

We gratefully accept donations of books, magazines, exhibition catalogues and other materials. Items not added to the collection are sold through our popular, ongoing booksale and the profits go directly toward building our collections and programs!

Donations of fewer than 3 boxes of books are accepted at any time during library open hours. Donors will be asked to fill in and sign a donation form. If you have a donation of more than 3 boxes or if you have a donation of significant value for which you would like to receive a tax receipt we ask that you contact the library in advance.

Library Donation Guidelines 2018 (PDF)

Library Endowment Fund

We are currently developing an endowment fund so that we can digitize unique collections, further develop the Artists' Books Collection, enhance the physical space to be more comfortable, welcoming and productive, and build upon our goals for the University Archives. Every contribution makes a difference. Please visit University Advancement if you are interested in supporting the Library :


In addition to the ongoing support of a large community of donors, the Ron Burnett Library + Learning Commons is pleased to acknowledge several significant donations that are now available in the collection. The generosity of our faculty, staff, alumni and creative community is integral to helping us develop unique collections and interesting resources. These collections both document and develop the research, pedagogy and creative practices within our community. The collections, ranging from independent art magazines to artists’ books, from type specimen posters to small exhibition catalogues, comprise a library of cultural objects from which to teach, study and be inspired by. Each collection is fully catalogued, searchable and available to view in the library:

Ian Wallace Collection 

Donated by Ian Wallace, a Vancouver-based, internationally renowned painter, photographer and art historian, this exceptional gift of over 180 artists’ books received in 2007 was integral to the development of the library’s Artists’ Books Collection. Exemplary of the critical practices in postwar, avant-garde Conceptual, Fluxus, Mail Art and Performance Art, the works in this collection include those by Lawrence Wiener, Seth Siegelaub, Chris Burden, Sol Lewitt, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Ulises Carrion, Michael Snow, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Iain Baxter and Ken Lum.

For more information visit about the Ian Wallace Collection and the Library's Artists' Books Collection please visit Artists Books Research Blog:

Patrik Andersson Collection

Patrik Andersson, Associate Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies, donated a unique collection of small, independent magazines crossing the genre’s of fashion, music, art and culture. The magazines were originally collected for Inside Magazines : Independent Pop Culture Magazines, an exhibition and publication that he co-edited and authored with Judith Steedman. Titles such as Purple Prose, Issue, and Index provide a perfect backdrop to the Library’s active support for small, independent art and design magazine culture.

Tom Graff Collection

Donated by Tom Graff, this significant collection includes illustrated books, small independent press publications, books about artists’ books and several notable artists’ books including those by Gordon Matta-Clark, Sol Lewitt, Anna Banana and Laurie Anderson. It also includes a large collection of poetry by Bill bissett (published by Talon Books) and other interesting exhibition catalogues from the 1980s to present.

Fred Peter Collection

Fred Peter, a designer, calligrapher and retired Graphic Design faculty at Emily Carr University, donated a special collection of books on the topics of calligraphy, typography, lithography, paper, fine lettering and book design. This donation also includes several unique examples of limited-edition, small press, letterpress books from Germany in the 1950s.

Fred Peter Poster Collection (cataloguing in process)

Also donated from Fred Peter, this unique collection consists of over 250 posters and includes examples of calligraphy, typography and cultural events posters, original examples of typeface design, several posters from “Project Athletes-Artistes” of the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and many beautiful examples of original letterpress and type specimen broadsheets.

Paul Mathieu Collection 

Paul Mathieu, Associate Professor of Visual Art and Material Culture at Emily Carr University, has been contributing to an ongoing donation of exhibition catalogues and critical theory related to the study of ceramics, craft practices, design, ornament and art.

Angie Kwong Collection

Angie Kwong, a Vancouver based media artist, donated a unique collection of DVDs and books on film, fashion, music, art and culture.
Several notable titles including Glenn O'brien TV Party, In and Out of Fashion, and B.I.K.E.: Be Inclusive Kill Exclusivity.

For more information regarding donations please email: