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Donate to the library

Thank you for your interest in giving to the library. You can help the library by purchasing a needed book, donating money, or donating a physical item.


Purchase a needed book


Please include your name and contact information so we can thank you for your contribution to Webster University Libraries.




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Please choose to give any amount you can. When choosing from the designations by the plus mark, please select "Other" and type in "Library."




Donate a physical item

Webster University Library accepts gifts of books, audiovisual, and archival materials that support the mission of the library and conform to the subject collection development and general policies of Webster University Library.  Webster University Library reserves the right to review offers of material carefully and to decline gifts that fall outside the scope of its collecting policies. As per the Webster University Development Office, gifts will only be accepted with a valuation and title list. 


All gifts accepted will become the property of Webster University Library upon receipt.  Gifts will not be accepted with conditions or restrictions, and items that are not added to the collection cannot be returned to the donor. The library will determine the retention, location, cataloging and processing of donated items.  Materials not added to the collection may be exchanged, disposed of, or given to other libraries. Most often, materials not added are given to Better World Books which donates profits to literacy partners. 


The library accepts donations of materials in the following categories: 


  • Materials that support the University's curriculum
  • Materials that strengthen and complement the library's collection
  • Books written by the Webster University faculty
  • Titles that will replace missing items
  • Missing issues of journals when the library subscribes to the journal
  • Historical materials for the University's Archives

The COVID-19 Virus imposes some unique challenges to library staff. While we welcome your gifts we ask that you contact the Gift Coordinator, Matt Wier, at prior to dropping off any gifts.


Donors with gifts of more than 1 box must contact the Gift Coordinator, Matt Wier, at in advance. He will evaluate the offer of materials, working with subject librarians as appropriate. If it appears that the value of the gift will exceed $1,000, the Gift Coordinator must have approval from the University's Gift Acceptance Committee prior to acceptance. Please be aware that when Gift Acceptance Committee approval is required, additional time may be necessary to consider acceptance of the donation.


If you would like to make a donation to the Archives, please contact University Archivist, Kathy Gaynor, at 314-246-7811.


For more information about donating other types of materials, please contact the Gift Coordinator and Head of Access Services, Matt Wier, at