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All gifts of materials support the mission of the library and 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 also strengthen the collections through exchange programs with institutions in foreign countries. Some gifts are offered at the Friends of the UW-Madison Library semiannual book sales. Proceeds from sales help fund special purchases and projects.

Gifts of Major Collections

Gifts of major research collections have been instrumental in developing the reputation of campus libraries as international centers of scholarship in such diverse areas as the history of science, European history, apiculture (bee culture), and contemporary literature. Each volume in a major gift added to the collections receives a commemorative bookplate noting the name of the donor.

Most special collections are housed in the Department of Special Collections, a state-of-the-art facility on the top floor of Memorial Library that opened in 1991. The department includes extensive exhibit space, a seminar room, a reference collection, temperature- and humidity-controlled vaults, and walls of windows on three sides overlooking scenic Madison. It provides an environment of study and appreciation for many rare or otherwise specially important materials.


The library has available sources of appraisal information such as book auction records and dealer's catalogs. We are prohibited by university policy and 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 have a qualified appraisal prepared within sixty days prior to making a contribution. The appraisal itself is tax-deductible. Gifts to the libraries are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Contact Us

If you are considering a gift of books or other materials to the libraries, please contact the appropriate Subject Librarian, the Gifts and Exchange Librarian, or the Associate Director for Collection Development and Technical Services.

Carol Schlatter
Gifts and Exchange Librarian
330 Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706-1494
Phone: (608) 262-3444

Irene Zimmerman
Interim Collection Development Officer
312 Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706-1494
Phone: (608) 262-3477

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