Give to the University Library

You can give gifts of money or express interest in donating materials including recent print materials or archival materials to advance the mission of Iowa State University through philanthropic giving.

Cash gifts and equivalents

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Other ways to give money:

  • 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.

Reach out to Shelly Jordan if you are interested in giving money in these ways or have questions.

Donating materials and gifts in kind

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

We evaluate donations 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.

Historical records, archival materials, and rare books

If you are interested in donating records or archival materials related to Iowa State University departments, units, faculty/staff, students, student organizations; personal and family papers and organizational records unaffiliated with the university; or rare books, read more about what Special Collections and University Archives typically collect.

You can contact Special Collections and University Archives to express interest in donating.

Recent print materials

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

  1. Establish the value of your gift 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 subject librarian will decide whether or not to accept your gift.
  5. If accepted, arrange delivery of the items to the subject librarian.


By giving money or materials, 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


Monetary gifts

Shelly Jordan

Senior Director of Development, Administration

Hilary Seo

Dean of Library Services, Administration

Gifts of materials

Greg Bailey

Head of Special Collections and University Archives

Robin N Sinn

Director, Collections and Open Strategies