Ways to Give

Direct Gift
Gifts of cash, check, or credit card have an immediate impact on the University Library. Make checks payable to The UCSC Foundation. To charge a gift to a credit card click on one of the following library funds that you would like to support:

University Library Opportunity Fund

University Archive Fund

Area of greatest need

Friends of the UCSC Library

Acquisitions- Buy a Book

Special Collections and Archives

Grateful Dead Archive

The Collectors Club

Elizabeth Remak-Honnef Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) Endowment

The full-market value of gifts of appreciated securities is tax deductible. In most cases, appreciation in the value of the security benefits the Library and is not taxable to the donor. Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds can be assigned to the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. Click here for the form.


Matching Gifts
Many employers will match employees’ gifts to the Library. Employees of eligible companies should request a matching gift form from their employer and send it completed and signed with their gift; the impact of the gift may be doubled or possibly tripled.

Planned Gifts

Real Estate
Real property, either in its entirety or in part, can be deeded to The UCSC Foundation to benefit the Library. It is possible to arrange a sizable tax deduction by deeding a home to the Library, while continuing to occupy the property for life.

In writing a will or living trust, donors can specify that they would like their estate to specifically benefit the UCSC Library through the UCSC Foundation (Tax ID # 23-7394590). Our staff can help to provide sample language to include in a bequest.

Charitable Gift Annuity
Donors may transfer money, securities, or real estate in trust to the Library and receive income for themselves or another, for life. Donors may receive immediate tax benefits, and ultimately the Library receives the trust property. For further information about making a planned gift or bequest to UCSC, visit the UCSC Office of Gift Planning Web site.

Qualified Retirement Plans
Naming the UCSC Foundation as a beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan (IRA, KEOGH, 401(k) or 403(b)) may be particularly advantageous to donors; doing so may result in more assets being passed on to heirs than if the donor makes a bequest from other funds in the estate.  

Gifts of Materials

General Collection

The University Library has long appreciated gift materials from individuals and organizations. However, due to space constraints and the high cost of reviewing and processing donated materials, we no longer accept most donations of books and other materials for the general collection.

Rare & Archival Material

The Library does appreciate the offer of rare collections or archival materials. If you feel that your collection may have unusual value for the library, you are welcome to contact the Special Collections & Archives.

Library Endowments provide permanent funding for our collections. They can be dedicated to an area of study that is important to you or they can be broadly directed.

Buy a Book

Your gift, even the minimum gift of $100, can make a big difference by providing the resources, both print and electronic, students and faculty need to succeed. Through Buy-A-Book you can honor a faculty mentor or memorialize a loved one and support a part of the library collection of special interest to you.  


Email The Library Development Team, or call 831-459-5870.