Giving to the Library

The Vanderbilt University Library welcomes gifts and donations to assist in the support of the University's teaching and research mission. The Library counts on donors to sustain its growth. In fact, many of our most valued collections have come to us as donations. Material and monetary gifts aid in the Library's development. All gifts are much appreciated, as are bequests, endowments, and larger contributions.

For gifts of books, manuscripts, and similar materials (referred to as a gift-in-kind), the library encourages donors to provide a list or detailed description of the materials to aid our evaluation. We urge donors to consider also giving a monetary gift to help defray the processing costs and expenses associated with maintaining the material given to the library.

Typically, a larger and/or solicited gift-in-kind will be covered by a mutually agreed upon written deed of gift agreement. All other materials (an unsolicited gift-in-kind), if accepted, become the property of Vanderbilt. Please understand that upon receipt, the library becomes the owner of these materials and, as such, reserves the right to determine retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to their use, maintenance, or removal.

Those wishing to arrange for material donations should contact the Associate Dean for Collections, Nancy M. Godleski at (615) 322-7113; or the Director of Special Collections, Juanita Murray at (615) 322-2807. After arrangements have been made, unless requested to contact the Dean of Libraries or our Director of Development, please print and complete the gift-in-kind form (.doc).

Those wishing to make monetary contributions, bequests, or endowments, please contact Emily Maggart, Director of Development, at (615) 322-8976 or the Dean of Libraries’ office, at (615) 322-4782.

Frequently Asked Questions

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