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Giving to the Libraries

You can take an active role in helping us to fill our shelves and enhance our collections by making an annual or a one-time donation, creating an endowment, or pledging a future gift.

Make an Impact Today
One-time and annual gifts are two simple ways to have an immediate impact on the Libraries. Designate the gift to purchase resources for a particular discipline or to assist the Libraries in a project or initiative, or leave it unrestricted, to be used where most needed.
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Establish an Endowment
Establishing an endowment is one way to ensure funds are available annually for a particular need. Endowments can be designated by the donor to support Library resources for a specific program within the University or to remain unrestricted to meet the most critical needs. When naming the endowment, a donor may choose to create it in their own name or to honor a loved one or a favorite professor.

Leave a Legacy
Many choose to look toward the future by including a bequest in their will. There are multiple planned giving options. A bequest could be used to create an endowment or to direct funds to a particular area of interest. There are multiple methods to fund a bequest. Information about planned giving is also available on the WVU Foundation’s website.

However you choose to help the WVU Libraries, it will be greatly appreciated. To discuss making a donation, creating an endowment, or writing a bequest, please contact Paula Martinelli at (304) 293-0303 or paula.martinelli@mail.wvu.edu.

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Funding Priorities

For more on our needs, read our Case Statement for the University’s Capital Campaign.

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Naming Opportunities

Downtown Campus Library

Access Services – $500,000
Research Services Department – $500,000
Atrium – $500,000
Second floor window bay – $250,000
Media Center – $200,000
Large Group Viewing Room – $100,000
Electronic Instruction Room – $100,000
Map Room – $100,000
Flexible study space – $100,000
Classroom – $50,000
Large Group Study Room (2) – $50,000
Small Group Study Room (9) – $25,000
Half-round study carrel (21) – $5,000

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Charles C. Wise, Jr. Library

West Virginia and Regional History Center and Special Collections – $3 million
Rare Book Room – $500,000

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Evansdale Library

Research/Access Services Area – $500,000
Small Group Study Room (18) – $25,000
Large Group Study Room (8) – $50,000
Classroom – $50,000
Deep Quiet Space – $50,000
Children’s Literature Collection – $25,000
Half-round study carrel (7) – $5,000

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Health Sciences Library

Lobby – $250,000
Display Cases (3) – $10,000
Small Group Study Room (6) – $25,000
Large Group Study Room (2) – $50,000
History of Medicine Study Area – $25,000
Half-round study carrel (5) – $5,000

Become a Friend of the WVU Libraries

A great university requires a great library, and private giving is essential to a great library. The WVU Libraries count on friends who understand that the Libraries are central to the University’s mission.

Friends of the WVU Libraries will receive Ex Libris, our bi-annual magazine, and invitations to special events and receptions at the Libraries. You can become a Friend with an annual gift of $50. Individuals who establish an endowment or make a planned gift become lifetime members of the Friends.

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You can make your gift now or by check. Please make gifts payable to WVU Foundation/WVU Libraries and mail to:
Friends of the WVU Libraries
WVU Foundation
One Waterfront Place
P.O. Box 1650
Morgantown, WV 26507-1650

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For more information about the Friends of the WVU Libraries, contact Paula Martinelli, Director of Development, at (304) 293-0303 or paula.martinelli@mail.wvu.edu.

Gifts of Books and Materials

West Virginia University Libraries welcome and encourage gifts of books and materials for the libraries that support the University’s curriculum and research objectives.

Subject Librarians review gift volumes for retention. Needs of the collection, individual subject collecting practices, and physical condition are all factors in retention decisions. Items in poor physical condition will not be retained except by prior special arrangement with one of our special collections bibliographers.

The Libraries do not accept conditions with regard to the processing, retention or housing of gift items. The library may add items to the collection, sell or dispose of items in accordance with University policy, or donate items to other libraries if more appropriate for another collection. Proceeds from the sale of donated materials which are not added to the collection will support the acquisition of new library materials.

Because the library does not accept conditions as to retention or treatment of individual items or collections, the Library encourages individuals to contact our special collections bibliographers directly in cases of unusual gifts or large collections needing individual attention. Bibliographers for these collections are listed below.

The Libraries encourage donors to consider, for their own interest, obtaining an appraisal of their gifts for income tax purposes prior to donation. The library does not create or retain a listing of donated items and will not be able to provide information other than the number of items donated.

To be accepted, all gifts must fall within the guidelines of the Libraries’ collection development policies. Some basic guidelines are listed here:

Special Collections Bibliographers:

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