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How You Can Give to the Libraries

Outright Gifts

The following methods are available for giving outright gifts to the UNLV Libraries.  For more information, please call the Libraries development office at 895-2235.

  • Online
    Make an online donation.
  • Check
    Please make all checks payable to the UNLV Foundation. On the reference line of your check, please indicate the “UNLV Libraries” as the recipient of the donation, as well as the program (such as Dean’s Associates, Special Collections, etc.) you would like to donate to.
    Please send your check to:
    Libraries Development Office,
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 Maryland Parkway Box 457001
    Las Vegas, NV 89154-7001
  • Credit Card
    Print and fill out the Supporting the Libraries form (PDF) and fax to 895-2287 c/o Libraries Development Office. You may also mail the form to the above address.
  • Cash
    Please do not send cash through the mail.  To make a cash donation, please visit the UNLV Foundation or the UNLV Libraries in person at 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154.
  • Transfer of Assets
    Assets, such as stocks, bonds, or real estate can be transferred to the UNLV Libraries though the UNLV Foundation. For more information about transferring assets to the UNLV Libraries through the UNLV Foundation, please contact the Libraries Development Office at 895-2227, or the UNLV Foundation controller at 895-2834.
  • Payroll Deduction (UNLV employees only)
    UNLV faculty and staff can donate on a monthly basis through the Foundation’s payroll deduction program. Through payroll deduction, a predetermined amount is deposited into a Libraries fund of your choice on a monthly basis. You can elect to increase or stop your donation at any time.
    Download the Foundation’s payroll deduction form (PDF) and submit it to the Libraries Director of External Relations . For more information, please call 895-2227.

Gifts In Kind (books & other items)

Gifts-in-kind, sometimes referred to as non-monetary gifts, are of substantial value to the Libraries. Gifts of this type may include specialized equipment for student and research use; collections including books, manuscripts, maps, and other materials. These gifts may be tax-deductible as donations to the UNLV Libraries.
The University Libraries welcomes donations of books and information in other formats that enhance the Libraries ability to support the teaching and research missions of the University.  Gifts are accepted with the understanding and agreement that the Libraries makes all necessary decisions as to retention and use.  When it is necessary to decline a gift, University Libraries collection development staff will suggest alternative organizations. 
Items generally not needed include magazines and journals, newspapers, or anything in poor physical condition. 

Appraisal and Acknowledgement

Due to Federal tax rules, staff of the University Libraries cannot provide appraisal of value for books or other materials. Valuations must be conducted by an independent appraiser. However, written acknowledgement of receipt of a gift of materials will be provided on request.

If you would like to offer a gift of materials to the Library or if you have questions about donating a gift, please contact: 

For gifts to Lied Library:
Cory Tucker, Head of Collection Management, 895-2133

For gifts to Special Collections or the branch libraries:

Architecture Library


Curriculum Materials Library


Music Library


Special Collections


For other questions about gift in kind donations to the UNLV Libraries, please contact the development office at 895-2227.

Personal Property Donations

Gifts of Appreciated Property

While cash gifts have many advantages, a donor may also wish to consider giving other types of assets to UNLV.  Gifts of certain types of appreciated assets, such as securities and real estate, may provide the donor with even greater tax benefits if held long term (more than one year) than a gift of a comparable amount of cash.  While the donor continues to benefit from a charitable deduction for the full, fair-market value of the gift, there is an additional benefit because the tax on the unrealized gain in the gifted property is avoided.

Gifts of Personal Property

Donors may also choose to gift an item of personal property, such as art works or special collections, books, and rare and unique items.

Due to the favorable tax treatment of gifts of tangible personal property, with proper planning, such a gift may result in a larger capital gains tax savings than other long-term appreciated property.  Our staff is available to work with your advisors on planning such a gift so you realize the maximum tax benefits. However, please be aware that, due to Federal tax rules, our staff is unable to provide you with an appraisal of the value of gifts of personal property.

Before the university can accept a gift of property, UNLV must ascertain that the type of gift is consistent with the mission and purposes of the institution.

Planned or Deferred Gifts

Charitable Bequests

The most popular deferred gift is the charitable bequest, in which you may provide in your will for UNLV to receive a specified amount or a percentage of the remainder of your estate. Provisions for bequests in wills or living trusts, for example, are revocable. Revocable gifts do not generate a current-year charitable income tax deduction. The UNLV Foundation is the official conduit for all gifts to UNLV. If you are preparing a will or trust, please designate the “UNLV Foundation (tax ID: 94-2790134) for the benefit of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries” as the beneficiary. If you already have a will, a codicil can be added easily.

Life Income Gifts

You may wish to make a gift to the Libraries through the UNLV Foundation, but don't want to give up the income presently produced by the asset. The university offers a number of alternatives for making such a gift while generating lifelong income for you and your family. You can transfer assets such as cash, stocks, bonds, or other property to a trust that will provide lifelong income for you and/or another beneficiary, as well as an income tax deduction and estate tax savings.

Gift of Residence with a Life Interest

Ownership of a primary residence, a vacation home, or a farm may be donated during your lifetime. The advantages include: you may retain the use of the property for your lifetime and that of a second person; you are allowed an immediate charitable deduction from your income taxes; and, you remove the asset from taxable estate.

Life Insurance

The UNLV Foundation, for the benefit of the UNLV Libraries, may be named as owner and beneficiary of an existing policy that may have outlived its original purpose, or you may wish to make the UNLV Foundation for the benefit of the UNLV Libraries the owner and beneficiary of a new policy. On a new policy, you may claim donations equivalent to your premium payments as income tax deductions (for those who itemize) each year. For an existing policy, you may claim the cost basis or cash surrender value, whichever is less.

For more information about deferred gifts to the UNLV Libraries, please contact Bud Beekman, director of planned giving, at 895-2841, or the Libraries development office at 895-2227.

Tax disclaimer

The UNLV Foundation is an IRS Code 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in November 1981 exclusively to raise private charitable support for educational purposes. Gifts to the Libraries made through the UNLV Foundation (tax ID 94-2790134) are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We encourage you to consult with a qualified professional advisor to determine whether the information presented here may be useful to you, as we neither intend nor attempt to render legal, tax, or financial advice.