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Donations to the University Libraries

How to make a gift to the University Libraries

Cash Donations

The University Libraries greatly appreciate your gifts to support our mission at UMSL

Academic books and journals

The University Libraries can sometimes accept gifts of scholarly, academic books and journals.

We appreciate and acknowledge the generosity of those who consider making a gift of books or other information resources that extend and complement existing collections.

Unfortunately, the high cost of storage and processing makes it impossible for the Libraries to accept all donations.

These gifts to the University Libraries are accepted and retained at the discretion of the Head of Collection Development & Acquisitions

  • The Libraries are under no obligation to accept or acknowledge gifts which are not prearranged.
  • All gifts accepted are done so without restriction on their use or disposition.
  • Gift materials with suspected copyright violation will be researched and, if need be, disposed of properly.
  • All gifts will be acknowledged in writing, which will include the date of the receipt and a brief description.
  • It is the responsibility of the donor to secure appropriate advice from a tax consultant regarding current IRS regulations for charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations. The establishment of the gift's value for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor. IRS regulations prohibit the Libraries from providing appraisals of gifts.
  • If the donor expects to file an IRS Form 8283 for a gift valued at $5000 or more, an independent appraisal must be obtained and the Libraries must be notified before delivering your gift, as different procedures apply. The Libraries retain the right to decline the gift.

Rare Books, Art, Archives (Papers, Manuscripts, etc.), and Other Special Items

The St. Louis Mercantile Library has an extensive collection of rare books, historical materials, and fine art.  The Mercantile is also the custodian of the Thomas Jefferson Library's special collections.

Gifts to the Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis are accepted and retained at the discretion of the Director of the Mercantile Library and the Curator of Art.