WSU Libraries

Friends of the Libraries

Non-Cash Giving

Making a Gift
Tax Deductibility
Gift Policy
Historical/Special Collections
Who do I call?
Non-Cash Gift Form

The Washington State University Libraries have one of the finest research collections in the region. Over the years, the generous gifts of books, journals, CDs, videos, and other collections by donors have enriched the Libraries’ collection in size, scope, and diversity.

How Do I Make a Non-Cash Gift?

  • First contact the WSU library that best meets you need or that is located closet to you. The telephone numbers are listed at the bottom of this document.
  • After you call the WSU library complete the Non-Cash Gift Presentation Form, which is also available at all of the WSU Libraries.
  • Mark delivery containers with the name of the librarian contacted and the work GIFT to ensure that the donation will be directed to the correct staff member. If your delivery is large or bulky, ask the librarian when you call how such a gift can be transferred.

Is My Gift Tax Deductible?

Your gift to the Libraries is tax deductible. However, IRS regulations governing charitable contributions of non-cash gifts are complex. We strongly encourage you to consult legal, accounting, or other professional advisors before you make your gift.

Valuation of donated property is the responsibility of the donor. IRS regulations and Washington State University policy prohibit the Libraries from providing appraisals of gifts.

If you expect to file an IRS Form 8283 for your gift valued at $5,000 or more, you must obtain an independent appraisal and notify the WSU Libraries before delivering your gift. Failure to provide early notification may result in the Libraries’ inability to substantiate your claim on IRS Form 8283 or conform to other IRS reporting requirements.

What is the Libraries’ Gift Policy?

Upon receipt, all gift materials become the property of the WSU Libraries. Be assured that your gift will be handled responsibly and with care. Each item will be evaluated by highly trained librarians for addition to our holdings.

The Libraries reserve the right to determine retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations relating to the use and disposition of gifts. Materials not selected for addition to our collection may be donated to other libraries or educational institutions, sold, recycled, discarded, or otherwise disposed of. Proceeds from the sale of unwanted materials may be used to purchase new materials for the WSU Libraries’ Collection.

The Libraries are committed to providing socially and environmentally responsible disposition of materials not needed for our collection. While we are not able to accept gifts exclusively for redistribution purposes, the Library staff will gladly suggest alternative opportunities for donating your collection.

What if I have an historical or special collection?

Please contact Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections to discuss potential adoption of these unique items.

Who Do I Call?

WSU Holland and Terrell Libraries-Pullman
(Humanities, Social Sciences, Business & Fine Arts)

Phone 509-335-2691
Fax 509-335-6721

WSU Owen Science and Engineering Library
Phone 509-335-2672
Fax 509-335-2534

WSU Animal Health Library-Pullman
Phone 509-335-9556
Fax 509-335-5158

WSU Library-Tri-Cities
Phone 509-372-7204
Fax 509-372-7281

WSU Library-Vancouver
Phone 360-546-9682
Fax 360-546-9039

WSU Library-Spokane
Phone 509-358-7925
Fax 509-358-7928

WSU Energy Library-Olympia
Phone 360-956-2076
Fax 360-236-2076

Manuscripts Archives & Special Collections
Phone (509)335-6691

To make an annual gift to The Libraries now, click here. For all other giving questions, please contact: Alisa D. May, Director of Development, (509) 358-7672,

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