Give to the University Library

Advance the mission of Iowa State University through philanthropic giving.

Your impact

By giving, you help us reach our priorities to

  • advance student success
  • grow our research collections
  • optimize our spaces
  • ignite strategic library-wide projects
  • create opportunities for scholarship and research
  • elevate staff and faculty professional development
  • enhance innovative projects

Types of Gifts


  • Cash gifts provide immediate impact.
  • We are humbled to be named in your will or estate planning. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and document your wishes and intentions.
  • Some companies and corporations offer matching gift programs as an employee benefit and maximize the impact of the donation.
  • Commemorative gifts are a way to memorialize or honor a loved one or friend. Recognition of the tribute depends on the gift. A bequest, a transfer of assets, is an impactful future gift and provides funds after your lifetime.
  • Charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities may provide you income during your lifetime, an income tax deduction, and future support to the University Library.


Donate books, journal issues, other print materials, or archival materials not already in our collection to support Iowa State University teaching and research areas.

We then evaluate them and acknowledge them in compliance with university policies such as Collections and Open Strategies Policy and the Special Collections and University Archives Collection Development Policy.

How to Give

Giving Money

You have options for giving money:

Giving Materials

Let us know about your potential material donation by following this process:

  1. Establish the value for tax purposes. Obtain a qualified appraisal for donations of $5000 or more.
  2. Fill out the Library Gift of Materials Form (PDF).
  3. Send the form to the appropriate subject librarian.
  4. The liaison librarian will make the decision to accept your gift.
  5. Arrange delivery of the items to the liaison librarian.

To donate materials to Special Collections and University Archives, contact the department.


Monetary gifts

Gifts of materials

Shelly Jordan

Senior Director of Development, Administration

Robin N Sinn

Director, Collections and Open Strategies

Hilary Seo

Dean of Library Services, Administration

Greg Bailey

Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Special Collections and University Archives