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There are many opportunities for donating to the FGCU Library. We welcome monetary donations and accept gifts of books and other information resources that enhance the strength of the collections and support the University’s instructional programs.

Your gifts are tax deductible; however, the Library will not make appraisals of gift materials for tax purposes. Gifts and donations will be recognized in writing. The following guidelines are intended to inform prospective donors of the most beneficial types of gifts and the circumstances under which the library accepts them.

Monetary Donations

You may direct your monetary donation to a specific program or need in the Library (i.e. a specific subject area or for specific equipment) or your gift may be unrestricted, thus enabling the Library to use the funds in the areas of greatest need. All such gifts are accepted in our Library Business Services office (see below) or online via the FGCU Foundation Office.

Library Materials

Donated materials are expected to meet the same standards of quality and relevance to the collection as new titles. The Library strongly encourages that donors give advance notification to the Library in terms of the type and number of items considered for donation. This kind of information allows the Librarians to evaluate the collection before it arrives at the Library and to encourage or discourage the donor’s generosity at the appropriate time. The donated materials should support the curriculum and the mission of the Library. Library materials are accepted with the understanding that they become the property of FGCU upon receipt, and that the Library may make all necessary decisions as to their retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations relating to their use and disposition. We cannot accept donations that require delivery assistance inside the library without an appointment. Please review our Collection Development policies pertaining to gifts.

Endowment Gifts

Monetary donations may be made for immediate use or to build the Library’s endowment to secure the Library’s future. An endowment allows for the expenditure of net earnings on the gift but never allows for the expenditure of any of the original gift's principal. This way the gift goes on forever. The FGCU Foundation policy allows the library a set percentage of the market value, typically 5%, as of December 31st each year. For example, a $50,000 gift would generate $2,500 per year for the purpose intended ($50,000 x 5%), provided there are sufficient earnings to pay out the $2,500. If you are interested in making a donation to the Library’s endowment, please contact Library Business Services at 239-590-7603.

Library Expansion

In 2006 , the library completed its first building expansion. In addition to more study areas, an expanded computer lab, and additional book stacks, we now have a library café, instruction rooms, and plans for special collections such as the Center for Southwest Florida History and Culture. This expansion presents many naming opportunities within our new library to recognize individual donors, corporations, and foundations, or to honor or serve as memorials to friends and loved ones. In addition, the Library seeks planning, implementation and ongoing support for its Center for Southwest Florida History and Culture. For additional information on opportunities, please contact Library Business Services at 239-590-7603. Library Business Services will work with you in conjunction with the University Advancement office.

If you are interested in making a donation to the FGCU Library or would like additional information on how you can help, please contact

Donna Vazquez, Assistant Director of Library Business Services or
Dr. Kathleen Miller, Dean of Library Services
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6501