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Donating to Hamersly Library

Give to WOU Library

The Hamersly Library welcomes gifts and donations to support and enhance library collections, services and activities that might otherwise not be available to students and faculty. Gifts are generally expected to supplement existing collections in support of WOU's curriculum and research or to provide the library with a core of material in which there is a scholarly interest. Contributions benefit the WOU community as well as businesses, public service agencies and citizens who utilize the resources of this library.

The quality, richness and diversity of the library's collections, services and activities depend to a large extent upon the continuing support of donors.

Monetary Gifts   Endowments   Gifts-in-kind   Appraisals

For information about giving to the Hamersly Library, please contact:
Camila Gabaldón, Collection Development Librarian

Hamersly Library
345 N Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361

Monetary Gifts
The library welcomes gifts to support purchases, services and programs. A monetary gift to the library may be a great opportunity to honor a friend or loved one with a special connection to WOU. Individual gifts can be given to the library through the WOU Foundation. Donors may work with the library in designating special areas of interest or give an unrestricted gift, providing flexibility for the library to select areas of greatest need.

Online donation form

Endowment gifts are invested by the WOU Foundation and provide for continued support of excellence at the Hamersly Library. These funds provide earnings to support the ongoing purchase and conservation of books, journals and other materials, as well as to enhance programs and services.

Gifts of materials are greatly appreciated. Hundreds of titles new to the collections, and within the library's collecting scope, are added through gifts annually. Those gifts not added to the library's holdings help to strengthen the holdings of nearby libraries, as they are offered to consortial partners and the local public libraries. Gifts to the library are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. [ Appraisals]

The Hamersly Library especially needs:

  • Scholarly hardbacks in good condition on all subjects. Newer books are very much appreciated
  • Academic paperbacks
  • Art books
  • Videos, DVDs or CDs with scholarly content or that are considered "significant works"

The library also accepts:

  • All hardbacks and paperbacks in good condition.
  • Periodicals needed for our collection
  • Rare books, especially those appropriate for scholarly research
  • Materials in differing formats relevant to the library's collections
  • Archival materials
  • Artifacts relating to the university or surrounding area

The Hamersly Library does not accept:

  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books
  • Moldy books (These can be hazardous to our collections!)
  • Books with obvious physical damage
  • Flora, fauna, etc.

To deliver materials or have them picked up, please make arrangements with Camila Gabaldón (503-838-8653).

You can also send your materials to:

Hamersly Library
Attn: Gift Materials
Western Oregon University
345 N Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361

The library staff are pleased to assist donors in locating appraisers, book auction records, and dealers' catalogs. We regret, however, that we are prohibited by the Tax Reform Act of 1984 from participating in the direct appraisal of gifts. The Internal Revenue Service requires that donors whose gifts are valued at more than $5,000 and will be used as itemized deductions to have a qualified appraisal prepared prior to making the contribution. Library staff can provide a statement of the number of items donated and their format for tax purposes, however we are unable to provide a detailed reconstruction of the contents of a gift unless an itemized appraisal or an itemized list was supplied at the time of donation. The cost of the appraisal itself is deductible.


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