Gifts and Donations

We gratefully accept gifts and donations. If you wish to donate books, you can send them to Gifts Assistant, Main Library, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420 (Phone: 319-335-5877). Please be sure to enclose your name and address so we will be able to acknowledge them. Titles we do not have that will be useful to our community are added to the collection while duplicates and books judged out of scope are sold and the income used to purchase other titles.

If you wish to donate documents, personal papers, photographs, recordings, films, or other materials, it is best to discuss the gift with us before shipping any part of it. Send us a message or give us a call at 319-335-5921. Internal Revenue Service regulations prevent us from making any statement regarding the dollar value of potential gifts, but we may be able to offer general advice regarding the use of your gift as a deduction for tax purposes. You may also find it useful to review the documentation IRS provides for gifts-in-kind; go to and look up Form 8283. We are generally able to pay the cost of shipping materials we choose to accept.

If you wish to make a financial donation, please visit the University of Iowa Foundation’s Libraries page.  Gifts from private individuals make an enormous difference in the quality of collections and services we can offer to our community — and they give us a measure of flexibility to respond to unexpected opportunities that state-appropriated funds cannot match.  We are grateful for gifts of any size.