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Giving to the Libraries

The Vanderbilt University Libraries depend on gifts and donations to acquire, organize, and make accessible the resources that support research and generate knowledge. We appreciate the support of benefactors who understand how important a world-class library is to the education of students who will one day shape our future.

Every gift is appreciated. Library donors receive invitations to library events and a regular newsletter. Bequests and endowments can make a significant difference in Vanderbilt's standing as a research library.

Giving Opportunities

Make an Annual Gift

Annual support through the Heard Library General Fund enables the library system to grow its print and digital holdings, furthering its goal of generating and disseminating knowledge and advancing ideas through new scholarship. In addition, your annual gift supports the maintenance and improvement of the libraries. Donors who make gifts of $2,500 or more are recognized by the Heard Society.

Adopt-a-BookAdopt a Book

Commemorate an occasion, memorialize a relative or friend, or honor a graduate through Vanderbilt Libraries Adopt-a-Book program. This program gives you the opportunity to support the acquisition or conservation of rare library materials. Your tax-deductible donation makes these materials available for future scholars.

Join the Heard Society

The Heard Society recognizes financial support of Vanderbilt Libraries by those who make annual gifts of $2,500 or more. Alumni who received their Vanderbilt degree within the last 10 years are eligible for membership with an annual gift of $1,000. There are four recognition levels:

Member: $2,500 ($1,000 for recent graduates)
Benefactor: $5,000–$9,999
Dean's List: $10,000–$24,999
Cornelius Vanderbilt: $25,000+

Heard Society members lead the way in helping us build collections, make innovative resources available, and offer contemplative and collaborative spaces for research and study. Recognition of Heard Society members includes:

  • Primary Source, an e-newsletter published five times per year that highlights library happenings
  • Invitations to lectures, workshops, tours and special library events
  • Recognition in our published online donor list
  • Opportunities for special tours and presentations

For more information about the Heard Society, please contact Nick Perlick, assistant vice chancellor, at

Contribute a Gift-in-kind

The Libraries are unable to accept all donations.  Please contact a library director or  Nancy M. Godleski , Associate University Librarian for Collections and Core Services, if you have questions. 

Create a Legacy Through a Naming Opportunity

Naming opportunities allow you to create a permanent legacy at Vanderbilt by associating your name with the library, linking you to the place where learning and research merge with the core missions of Vanderbilt. With renovation underway or needed at Central Library, Science & Engineering, Music, and Peabody libraries, many naming opportunities currently exist. If you are interested in learning more about these spaces, please contact the Development Office, at (615) 322-8976, for more information.

Become a Friend of the Library

If you enjoy literary and musical evenings with notable thinkers, fascinating exhibits, cultural and political discussions and access to world-class resources, then you need to become a friend! The Friends of Vanderbilt Libraries are an active group who support and advocate for the libraries by engaging and inspiring the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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