Founded over 45 years ago, Stony Brook University Libraries are one of the youngest research libraries in the country. In this short time, we have grown, matured and launched many new services and technologies. Online technology has afforded our students, faculty and the community the opportunity to research, make interlibrary loan requests and even renew books right from their computers. Our reading rooms are filled from early morning to late at night with students studying, researching, working on our computers, or just socializing.
Our vision for the future is exciting but uncertain due to continued state budget cuts and skyrocketing costs for books, journals and electronic resources. The library community has been supportive in the past and we know that your continued commitment to the library will play a role in securing the future successes, growth and excellence at Stony Brook University Libraries.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Development
W1502 Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library
Stony Brook NY 11794
Establish a Collection
Much of a resource libraries reputation is based upon the number and variety of publications and material that are acquired, available and preserved for its users. Stony Brook University Libraries offers you an opportunity to enrich its collection by participating in the Collection Endowment project. Collection endowments begin at $10,000 and the Library invites donors to make a single gift or fund their endowment over several years. You can choose a specific subject area or apply your funds to where the needs are the greatest. Special bookplates inscribed with text provided by you will be affixed to the books purchased from your generous gift.
Honor with Books
The birth of a child, a special anniversary, a visit to a sick friend, an afternoon of pleasure…many of us think of books as a special gift for so many occasions. Books are to be cherished and what better way to cherish a loved one than by honoring them with a book.
Stony Brook University Libraries invites you to participate in Honor with Books, a program designed to honor a special person by placing his or her name on a bookplate in a newly purchased book in the subject area of your choosing. A $100 gift will support the acquisition of a book and at the same time honor a special person in your life. A gift of $500 will provide six book-plated books. This is a wonderful gift for graduation, memorial tributes, personal achievements, birthdays or any occasion that you chose to show you care.
When you make your gift to the Honor with Books program, a copy of the bookplate will be sent to you and the honoree along with a letter of acknowledgement.
Gifts of books, tapes, CD’s, videos, LP’s and miscellaneous materials (e.g. pamphlets, manuscripts, local history, souvenirs and memorabilia) are welcomed by the library as a means of supplementing our book and media collections, filling in gaps in our holdings, and added copies to heavily used titles. Periodicals, journals, and newspapers are generally not accepted unless the library lacks a particular title or there are gaps in our holdings. In most cases donors from off-campus sites are asked to arrange for delivery of materials to the library’s loading dock. Pick-up may be provided for on-campus donors.
if you are interested in donating materials to the library, please review our University Libraries Gift Policy 2015.
Gifts of books, tapes, CD’s, videos, LP’s and miscellaneous materials (e.g. pamphlets, manuscripts, local history, souvenirs and memorabilia) are welcomed by the library as a means of supplementing our book and media collections, filling in gaps in our holdings, and adding copies for heavily used titles. Periodicals, journals, and newspapers are generally not accepted unless the library lacks a particular title or there are gaps in our holdings. In most cases donors from off-campus sites are asked to arrange for delivery of materials to the library’s loading dock. If this is a problem, call the Gift Book number.
Donations are first checked against the library collection to identify titles already owned. Books deemed useful by subject selectors will be cataloged. Those not needed are either included in the library’s on-going book sale (see below), or offered to the appropriate academic department. Rarely are materials discarded and then only when in poor condition (e.g. moldy. stained, insect damaged, torn or heavily marked up). But any materials donated become the property of the library which has the right to determine their ultimate destination. As a state institution, we cannot provide a monetary valuation, but a letter of acknowledgement for the gift will be sent to the donor when requested. Donors may seek an independent appraisal from an outside source in the case of extensive or valuable collections.
Large collections are especially welcome when they complement the library’s holdings in a particular subject area or support newly established academic and research programs (e.g. Asian studies). In special cases, the library can assist in packing and transporting a collection or reimbursing postage.
This department maintains an on-going book and record sale on the 3rd floor of the library opposite the Circulation and Photocopy units. Books, records and other materials in many subject areas are available for purchase usually at prices between 50 cents and $2; sets and select items are sold at higher prices. The shelves are replenished regularly from donations and, occasionally, discarded library materials. Occasionally, special sales are featured when large numbers of books or other materials are obtained in a particular subject area, such as mysteries, children’ books, opera recordings, popular fiction, videos or foreign language books. Sets of encyclopedias or Time-Life series are frequently offered when available. Proceeds from the book sale are used to benefit the library and increase our purchase power.
- Online Giving: The University promises to protect your personal information and uses advanced encryption for your safety.
- Direct Gifts: A gift can be made by check or credit card payable to Stony Brook Foundation. To charge your gift to your credit card, please call 631.632.8625.
- Securities: You can donate marketable securities outright or fund a planned giving arrangement. A gift of securities during your lifetime will result in a gift tax charitable deduction while The Libraries receive the value of the stock.
- Real Estate: Real property can be deeded to the Stony Brook Foundation to benefit the Library.
- Tangible Personal Property: The Library accepts gifts of materials (books, records, videos) that complement the mission and vision of the University Libraries. Please contact Heath Martin at 631.632.1174 for further information. For the donation of rare books and materials, contact Kristen Nyitray in Special Collections at 631.632.7119.
- Charitable Gift Annuity: In a contract between you and the University (Stony Brook Foundation), the University promises to pay a lifetime income to you or to a person you designate in exchange for your irrevocable gift of assets, usually cash or securities.
- Bequests: The Library can be designated in a bequest made in your will or in a living trust.
- Qualified Retirement Plan: Consider naming the Stony Brook Foundation as a beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan restricting the funds to the Libraries.
- Matching Gifts: Many employers will match a donor’s gift to the Libraries. Enclose a matching gift form obtained from your employer’s human resources office and send with your gift.