Giving to the Libraries

Western Michigan University Libraries provides opportunities for discovery, creativity and collaboration. Your gifts help us bring these opportunities to our students, faculty, staff and community.

Together, we can do so much more!

Your support at work

Support the University Libraries and watch us put your donations to work to:

  • Refresh and transform spaces that promote everything from quiet studying to collaborative group work.
  • Support research by growing and preserving our collections and adding new resources.
  • Enhance the student experience by providing access to emerging technologies, tools that inspire creativity and student employee scholarships.

Check out our Annual Report to learn more about the ways that donations have made a difference in the Libraries.

Ways to give


Giving online is the easiest and safest way to donate to the University Libraries. You can make a one-time donation or set up scheduled payments or recurring gifts using a credit or debit card.


To make your donation by mail, download our printable giving form and send via mail.

Pledges, planned gifts and more

For other ways to give like pledges, planned gifts, endowments and payroll deduction for WMU employees, visit the WMU Giving page.

Giving Day

Each year, WMU celebrates Giving Day. This day offers alumni, faculty, staff and friends a chance to give back to WMU and the opportunity to support other Broncos in their pursuit of higher education.

Material donations

We welcome donated materials that complement existing collections or develop collections of specific interest to the University. We also encourage the donation of rare, valuable documents and classic or historic out-of-print books or materials. Learn more about our Gift Policy

Where to give

Dwight B. Waldo Library for Development (General Fund)

The Dwight B. Waldo Library Development fund allows the Libraries to respond to our changing needs. It supports the purchase of equipment, technology, furnishings and other materials as needed to support a broad range of library initiatives.

Dwight B. Waldo Library for Acquisitions

The Dwight B. Waldo Library Acquisitions fund enhances the Libraries ability to maintain rich collections that support the curricular and research needs of the University. The funds are used to purchase monographs, media and electronic materials above and beyond what our operating funds can support.

Archives and Regional History Collections

The Archives and Regional History Collections fund supports the preservation of photos, oral histories, documents, and records containing the stories of the people, places and industries of southwestern Michigan. The funds are used to purchase acid-free folders, boxes and specialized enclosures and map cases to preserve the collections for future generations of Western Michigan University and public researchers who use these collections for published books, research papers and personal research.

Special Collections Endowment

Hundreds of students visit Rare Books and Special Collections every year to get hands-on experience with unique and specialized materials, which enrich and broaden their educational experience and hone their skills in the observation and analysis of physical artifacts. This fund supports the purchase of materials that address new curricular needs or expand current collection strengths and the preservation of the collection.

University Libraries for Academic Success Fund

The needs of our learners are constantly changing. This fund supports the physical creation and operations of academic learning and discovery environments within the University Libraries to support and keep pace with today’s student and researcher requirements.

University Libraries Student Employee Scholarship

University Libraries employees approximately one hundred students every academic year. This fund supports a competitive scholarship, available to all student employees who have worked for the Libraries at least one academic semester, and grants up to four $1,000 awards each year.