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All gifts are appreciated and valued. However, unrestricted, outright gifts provide the Dean of Library Affairs with funds to address current opportunities and respond to unplanned needs. If you would like to make a gift, please visit After entering the donation amount, please select Morris Library from the list in box one. If you wish to support a specific program, the remaining boxes will ask for additional information. If you would prefer to make your gift using a check, please print the Gift Form and send it to the address on the form.

There are also a number of other ways for you to donate to Morris Library.

Planned Gifts

A planned gift helps to ensure the future of Morris Library, its programs and services, and may help to further your financial goals as well. Planned gifts include gifts through your will or living trust, charitable gift annuities, gifts of real property, gifts of life insurance and charitable trusts. Many of these gifts provide you with a charitable income tax deduction, and some even provide income payments to you for your lifetime. For more information contact Pamela Rathe, (618) 453-4907 or


An endowed fund is a way to give in perpetuity. You can provide support to a particular subject or area of the library. Through an outright gift of $25,000 or a pledge of $5,000 per year for five years, you can create an endowed fund.

Morris Library has a number of endowed funds.

Matching Gifts

Double, triple, or even quadruple your gift to Southern Illinois University Foundation through your employer’s matching gift program. Many corporations offer to match the gifts of not only current employees but also spouses, retirees and surviving spouses of retirees. Please contact your Human Resources/Personnel Department for information about the company’s program. Information is also available at

Gifts in Honor

A special gift to Morris Library is a meaningful way to honor, or memorialize, a person, event or occasion. This can be through the purchase of a book, map, CD, DVD, other library materials or even a space at Morris Library. We will acknowledge your gift in all appropriate ways. Your name can also be noted in the catalog record.

Donations in Kind

Morris Library welcomes gifts of books and other materials that enhance subject areas and support the instructional and research programs of the University.

The Library maintains a list of books and other resources from which donors can select an item they would like to donate. The latest version of the list is available as part of the latest issue of Cornerstone, available at

If you would like to honor or memorialize a special person or event you may also donate to the library's collections. A special book plate with a short phrase of your choosing will be placed in the front of the book.

The Library accepts books, audio-visual materials (such as videos, CDs, etc.), journals and maps that meet the criteria for selection. The criteria for accepting gifts-in-kind are: timeliness, scope, literary or scholarly quality, and physical condition. Materials should be in good condition; items that show evidence of mold, insect – or water – damage are not accepted because of their potential to damage the library collection. Materials not selected for the collection may 1) be offered to the Friends of Morris Library for the book sale, the proceeds of which fund special purchases or services; or 2) be recycled.

Internal Revenue Service regulations prohibit Library personnel from appraising gifts of material. The donor is responsible for determining the value of their gift prior to the donation. Any gift valued in excess of $4,999 must be accompanied by a written appraisal from a certified appraiser. Please see your tax advisor for advice and the proper forms. Reference books are available in many libraries to help you in determine the value of an item or collection. Additionally, websites such as Advanced Book Exchange, Bookfinder, and Alibris have information about book valuation.