Giving

Give to all of Tulane: Give to the Library

A donation to the Library is a donation to all of Tulane. We serve all students and faculty, uptown and downtown, as well as alumni and the greater New Orleans community. Gifts are essential for the Library to support, promote, and enrich the University’s teaching and research missions. Cash donations can help us to transform spaces, refresh and expand our services, acquire needed materials, and preserve our rich and unique collections. Unrestricted cash gifts also enable us to provide training and professional development opportunities for our staff, recognize outstanding student workers, and otherwise invest in the future.

Need a few hints on what to give? Our list of how your contributions can help is located here.

Your donations make a difference in the lives of our students and scholars today and tomorrow. We gratefully welcome financial donations in any amount. You may donate online, by phone at (800) 999-0101, or via mail at:

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
7001 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Gifts of Materials

We also welcome valuable donations of materials, particularly unique and special collections that enrich our holdings in new ways.

We accept materials in good condition that support Tulane’s current curriculum. Format examples include:

  • Hardback and quality paperback books
  • Music compact discs, scores and recordings in current formats
  • Videos and films in standard DVD format

We regret that we cannot accept:

  • Books out of scope for a research 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

All gifts to the library are considered charitable donations and are tax deductible. If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for a non-cash gift, you will need an appraisal. Please note that under IRS rules, the library cannot provide appraisals; donors will need to arrange them separately. Since tax laws change from time to time, we encourage you to seek advice from a knowledgeable tax consultant about current requirements.

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. These major gifts 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 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 by phone (toll free at (800) 999-0101), or by mail at 3439 Prytania St., Suite 200, New Orleans LA 70115.