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Giving at WVU Libraries

Public event with WVU Humanities Council and author, Mark Ingraham

Your support sustains and advances the work of WVU Libraries and promotes the research of our students and faculty in solving real-world problems for our state and beyond.  Make a gift today.
Where You Can Help

WVU Libraries counts on passionate, loyal and caring members of the Mountaineer family, like you, to grow and continue the work. Your support empowers us to create incredible opportunities, to truly go above and beyond.  

  • WVU Libraries Greatest Needs (2U060) provides for the physical and technology services available to students, faculty and WVU alumni on campus, from home and around the globe
  • Special Initiative Programming (2V892) like the “Food Justice in Appalachia” exhibit currently installed at the Downtown Library. 
    • Art in the Libraries ' programming offers a distinctive learning environment that creates engaging exhibits as an incubator for ideas that stimulate conversation, inquiry, discovery, and reflection.    Explore our exhibits past and present.
    • The WVU Libraries Veterans Committee is committed to providing a broad range of services to the community of WVU student veterans including designated study rooms Downtown and at our Evansdale Library.
  • The Research Commons offers a suite of services to foster interdisciplinary connections and support graduate student and faculty research needs.  Learn more about our Open Access Author Fund or the Research Repository expanding the reach of WVU Research on the national and international stage.
  • The Humanities Center  (2W1365) - Hosting interdisciplinary events and renowned speakers, supporting faculty and student research and featuring innovative scholarship, the WVUHC raises and amplifies the intellectual passion of our WVU students. Learn more about humanities at work.
  • West Virginia & Regional History Center  – Historic preservation and acquisition at the West Virginia & Regional History Center including the Appalachian Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, Congressional Archives and many other special collections for research and the classroom.
    • Building our newest collections such as the  WV Feminist Activist Archive (2W1553) or the  WVRHC Military History Collections (2W1521)
  • William A. Neal Museum of the Health Sciences (2W1211)  creates new opportunities for health education and outreach with exhibits, programming and more.
  • Make your donation to any of these areas using the designated gift code.

    Giving for a Lifetime

    Establish an Endowment

    Establishing an endowment is one way to ensure funds are available annually for a particular need. Endowments can be designated by the donor to support Library resources for a specific program within the University or to remain unrestricted to meet the most critical needs. When naming the endowment, a donor may choose to create it in their own name or to honor a loved one or a favorite professor.

    Leave a Legacy
    Many choose to look toward the future by including a bequest in their will. There are multiple planned giving options. A bequest could be used to create an endowment or to direct funds to a particular area of interest. There are multiple methods to fund a bequest. Learn more about making a gift through a will or living trust by visiting  WVU Foundation Planned Gifts.

    However you choose to help the WVU Libraries, it will be greatly appreciated. To discuss making a donation, creating an endowment, or writing a bequest, please contact Paula Martinelli at  (304) 293-0304 or

    Studying in the Library   

    A Friend of the WVU Libraries

    A great university requires a great library, and private giving is essential to a great library. The WVU Libraries count on friends who understand that the Libraries are central to the University’s mission.

    Friends of the WVU Libraries will receive Ex Libris, our bi-annual magazine, and invitations to special events and receptions at the Libraries. You can become a Friend with an annual gift of $60. Individuals who establish an endowment or make a planned gift become lifetime members of the Friends.

    Become a Friend of WVU Libraries with your donation today or  you may also make a check payable to WVU Libraries and mail to:   

    Friends of the WVU Libraries
    WVU Libraries - Access Services
    P.O. Box 6069
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6069

    For more information about the Friends of the WVU Libraries, contact Paula Martinelli, Director of Development, at  (304) 293-0304 or

    rare book room class   

    Gifts of Books and Materials

    West Virginia University Libraries welcome and encourage gifts of books and materials for the libraries that support the University’s curriculum and research objectives.

    Subject Librarians review gift volumes for retention. Needs of the collection, individual subject collecting practices, and physical condition are all factors in retention decisions. Items in poor physical condition will not be retained except by prior special arrangement with one of our special collections bibliographers.

    The Libraries do not accept conditions with regard to the processing, retention or housing of gift items. The library may add items to the collection, sell or dispose of items in accordance with University policy, or donate items to other libraries if more appropriate for another collection. Proceeds from the sale of donated materials which are not added to the collection will support the acquisition of new library materials.

    Because the library does not accept conditions as to retention or treatment of individual items or collections, the Library encourages individuals to contact our special collections bibliographers directly in cases of unusual gifts or large collections needing individual attention. Bibliographers for these collections are listed below.

    The Libraries encourage donors to consider, for their own interest, obtaining an appraisal of their gifts for income tax purposes prior to donation. The library does not create or retain a listing of donated items and will not be able to provide information other than the number of items donated.

    To be accepted, all gifts must fall within the guidelines of the Libraries’ collection development policies. Some basic guidelines are listed here:

    Special Collections Bibliographers:


    Our development office is prepared to talk with you about any interest you may have in making a gift to the WVU Libraries.

    Photo of Director of Development, Paula Martinelli

    Paula Martinelli
    Director of Development 
    WVU Libraries, Dean's Office 
    1549 University Avenue 
    P.O. Box 6069 
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 
    Ph: 304-293-0303