Gifts of Art or Books

We are honored and deeply grateful to those collectors, artists, and families who decide to make gifts of original art or rare picture books.

Donating Art to Our Permanent Collection

Our collections committee reviews all potential donations to ensure The Carle is the best home for each work of art. Our holdings number over 12,000 objects, including more than 8,000 permanent collection illustrations that are regularly exhibited and loaned.

If you are interested in donating a work of art, please direct your inquiry to Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator, at or 413-559-6320. Note The Carle cannot provide value estimates as it is a breach of museum ethics. Donors need to seek independent appraisals.

Illustration of knights and lady with castle in distance.

Gifts of art like this one, by celebrated children’s book illustrator, Alice Bolam Preston (1888–1958), continue to inspire and delight our passionate art and book-loving community. 

Alice Bolam Preston, Illustration for The Little Man with One Shoe, 1921. Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel. Public domain. 

Donating Rare Picture Books to Our Libraries

The Carle is grateful for the donations it regularly receives from publishers for its Reading Library. Due to limited space, the Museum rarely accepts donations of picture books from individuals. 

The Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) accepts rare or unique picture books and professional and scholarly resources in new or like new condition.

If you wish to donate to one of The Carle’s libraries please contact Courtney Waring, Director of Education, at and provide a proposed donation list of books, including title, author, illustrator, publisher, and publication year.