Ways to Give

For more information on giving options and ensuring your gift is used exactly the way you want it to be, contact Dean Ben Hunter.


Cash gifts are always encouraged and the simplest way to make a gift to the University of Idaho Library. They can be directed to any area of your choice, and can be for outright expenditures, or added to an existing endowment.

Planned Giving

There are many different ways to make a planned gift to the University of Idaho Library. These include bequests, charitable trusts, gift annuities, pooled income funds, and life insurance. They also offer unique tax advantages. Many donors find planned gifts are an ideal way to support a cause that is important to them, while meeting their income needs and/or providing for family members. For more information about planned gifts, contact U of I Giving.

In-kind Gifts (Materials and Personal Collections)

Gifts to the library have helped build stature in scholarship, research and teaching. For materials, we are able to accept only those which enhance our collections. Upon receipt, the library owns gifts and reserves the right to determine their retention or disposal. For information about how you can make a gift of materials that will support our academic and research mission, please call (208) 885-2503 or email Rami Attebury (rattebur@uidaho.edu). In general, we do not accept:

  • Journals and other regularly-published periodicals
  • Newspapers
  • Non-regional newsletters
  • Items in poor condition
  • Textbooks
  • Outdated audiovisual materials
  • Books and other items that do not support the library's mission and collection development policies

Tax Benefits

Charitable gifts generate tax deductions undefined - both federal and state. While you need to consult your own tax adviser as to how a gift impacts your tax obligation, we do have knowledgeable professionals and resources available to help explain the general tax benefits of a particular type of gift.

Appreciated Assets

Holdings, such as corporate securities and real estate, that have appreciated in value make great giving assets. The University of Idaho credits you for the full fair-market value of the stock or land, and there are some favorable tax benefits

Memorial or Honorary Gifts

To make a gift in memory or in honor of someone, attach a note with your gift that includes the name of the person you are memorializing or honoring. For memorial gifts, also include the family contact name(s) and address(es). For honorary gifts, include the address of the person you are honoring. We will send a card to the family/individual to notify them that you have made a gift. (The amount of your gift will not be revealed.)

If a special memorial fund or honorary fund has already been created in the person's name, your gift will be credited to that account unless you tell us otherwise. If a special fund has not been created, your gift will be credited to the designation you indicate.

Make a Gift!

Gift of Time

collection display exhibit

In 1962, W. C. Cheney, an inventor from Seattle, WA presented President Theophilus with seventeen 55-gallon drum barrels on the condition that the barrels be opened in 2010. The year 2010 has arrived and the mystery barrels have been opened.