Giving to Tulane Library

At the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 cost us not only our basement collections, but also future space for storing collections on the lowest level floors of the main library building and in Jones Hall, which houses the library's Special Collections. The upper floors of both buildings are full, as is the library's off site storage facility.    

We welcome valuable donations of material. But with the challenges described above, we need to work with donations carefully.

What our library accepts:

  • Financial contributions
  • Hardback books in good condition in topical areas that support the curriculum
  • Quality paperbacks in good condition in topical areas that support the curriculum
  • Music compact discs, scores and recordings in current formats
  • Videos and films in stand DVD format

Not accepted:

  • Books of little use in an academic library
  • Damaged or heavily underlined books
  • Commonly collected, incomplete, or short runs of academic journals
  • Current newspapers (except on specialized topics)
  • Inspirational literature
  • Old textbooks (particularly in the sciences)
  • Laboratory and repair manuals
  • Most artifacts (objects)
  • Workbooks
  • Photocopies

Small donations of less than 75 items can still be brought directly to the library and our Gifts Area on the 1st floor of the main Howard-Tilton building.  Please box books and other items before bringing them to the library.  But, for larger gifts please contact the appropriate subject bibliographer listed on our Collections Contacts page.

Appraisals:  Determining the value of donated material is the responsibility of the donor.  Moverover, federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules prohibit the library or its employees from providing appraisals.

For general information about gifts contact Allyson Brusseau at or 504-865-5693.

Note:  the library reserves the right to dispose of gift material not selected for addition to its collections. Disposition may be accomplished through sale to used book vendors or other means.

Financial Gifts

Financial allow the the library to purchase materials selected as most needed for the collections.

With a small financial gift you may wish to remember a friend's special interest in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Science & Engineering and  one of our subject area bibliographers will select a book, score, compact disc, or other item in the price range you specify.  Larger financial gifts to library have an even greater positive impact for students, faculty, and general researchers.

Your financial gifts to the library are tax deductible

  • All gifts to the library are considered charitable donations.
  • If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for a non-cash gift, you will need an appraisal. As noted above, the library or its employees cannot provide appraisals under IRS rules.
  • Since tax laws change from time to time, we encourage you to seek advice from a knowledgeable tax consultant about current requirements.

You may also make a major financial gift.

  • Major gifts can include bequests made through a will; deferred gifts that provide you or others with a life income and then benefit the library; and outright gifts, such as cash or marketable securities.
  • Your gift can also add to or create an endowed fund that keeps the principal intact and uses only the income. The library has several endowed funds to which you can contribute; or, we can establish a new endowed fund for a minimum of $20,000 in your name or the name of someone you wish to memorialize.
  • Tulane's Office of Planned Gifts will be happy to discuss such gifts with you. Please contact the Tulane Office of Development at 3439 Prytania St., Suite 200, New Orleans LA 70115, (800) 999-0101.

Please send financial donations to the Dean of Libraries, or donate online.

Dean of Libraries
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 865-5131

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