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Give to the Library

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech is unique. We support every single student and faculty member at the university.

A gift to the University Libraries will help enhance spaces for faculty and students, support research and scholarship, and preserve the university’s intellectual output.

Enhancing the student experience

From our series of studios encouraging exploration with advanced hardware and software, to our collaborative multimedia study spaces, we provide students and patrons with access to emerging technologies and collaborative spaces for creative work.

Supporting research

We provide team-based and collaborative research support services that assist groups engaged in interdisciplinary research  find collaborators, share information about research projects with others at the university and beyond. We also support systematic reviews, meta analyses, and other evidence synthesis projects. Relevant library-related tools include CollabVT, the university’s public researcher profile system, and Open Science Framework, a system that helps document and manage research and import projects to the Virginia Tech Data Repository for archiving and curation. 

Preserving scholarship

As Virginia Tech embarks on new scientific and creative endeavors, researchers need places to publish research and store data. The University Libraries houses the university's scholarship and shares it with the world through VTechWorks and the institutional data repository.

Gifts In Kind

How to donate books or other materials

We welcome donated materials that enhance our collections in support of the university's teaching and research needs. 

Please work with us in advance to ensure that we accept only needed items. We may ask that you compile an inventory of the proposed gifts or allow a subject specialist from the libraries to visit and select items. Should some of the items you propose to donate not meet our current needs, we will be glad to suggest alternative beneficiaries.

Contact Bruce Pencek, assistant director for collection management, at or (540) 231-2140.

Note, the Univeristy Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives Department (540-231-6308) has a separate policy covering their needs.

Gifts are made with the understanding that they become the property of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech, which has sole discretion regarding their retention, location, and considerations relating to use.

  • Damaged or underlined books
  • Inspirational literature
  • Superseded textbooks
  • Laboratory and repair manuals
  • Instructor's manuals
  • College catalogs
  • Workbooks
  • Journals or other serials
  • Teaching materials, brochures, or personal and professional files

All gifts to the University Libraries are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged. Our letter will confirm the number of donated volumes. Although we cannot prepare inventories, we can acknowledge your gift with reference to an inventory you have prepared.

If your contribution is valued at more than $500 and you wish to take a federal income tax deduction, the Internal Revenue Service requires you to complete IRS Form 8283.

If your contribution is valued at more than $5,000, the Internal Revenue Service requires a qualified appraisal. By law, the library may not formally appraise gifts or participate in an appraisal. Consult IRS publication 561 on Determining the Value of Donated Property. If you have obtained a qualified appraisal, please include a copy with your gift.

Help us provide the best opportunities for our faculty and students by supporting the University Libraries.


Paul Brammer
Chief Advancement Officer