SHL operates a transparent acquisitions policy to provide a clear audit trail for any gifts, donations or other deposit of material within SHL. Any proposed donations or gifts need to support one of the fourteen key research areas; support SHL’s strategic research priorities; complement or extend existing special collection strengths; or represent an emerging research area that SHL wishes to develop. Donation offers will be catalogued and made available to the SHL members for as long as this is practical and desirable in line with SHL’s Collection Management Policy. Donations of more than 25 items are normally considered a ‘named’ collection and are subject to a separate appraisal process.
SHL collections primarily divide into two main areas: modern research collections and special collections (rare books and archives), irrespective of collection format.