How to give

Your gift, no matter the size, truly matters. You can donate online or contact the Development Office about the many ways you can support the library. 

Create your legacy through a planned gift

Charitable gifts help you meet your current philanthropic goals and extend your generosity well into the future. But did you know that a planned gift can also protect your assets, provide for your family, and guarantee you income for life? You can even make a significant impact through a gift that costs nothing in your lifetime (through a charitable bequest under your will). Contact us to learn about one of the six basic ways to make a planned gift.

Establish an endowment

Endowed funds support activities not just for one year, or even one generation, but forever. Endowment funds are invested prudently to ensure they can sustain current and future needs. In the Libraries, donors have established endowments to permanently fund critical faculty positions, student scholarships, and to support acquisitions in specific subject areas like Southwest research, women’s studies, and science and engineering disciplines. View all endowments.

Donate materials

Many of the unique materials in Special Collections were gifts from researchers, scholars, families, and leaders in our community. If you have materials you think would enhance one of our collection areas, contact Special Collections.

Outside of Special Collections, the Libraries can no longer accept donations of books or other materials. If you have materials you wish to donate, we recommend contacting the Friends of the Pima County Public Library.

Purchase a book of honor

Honor the bibliophile in your life by adding a book bearing their name – in the form of a designed bookplate – to our permanent collection. Your minimum gift of $250 will fund one book in the subject of your choice. In recognition of your gift, we’ll send a copy of the bookplate to you and the individual (or family) you’re honoring.

Add to a giving tree

Celebrate loved ones, professors, graduating seniors, or alumni with a bronze and brass sculpted leaf on one of our three giving trees. Each of the giving trees has a unique focus: your gift helps us build for the future, continue to grow excellence, or supports the international non-profit organization Up with People.

Giving trees are located in three of our libraries. Your gift can support: