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Giving to the Curriculum Library

The Curriculum Library primarily serves the Western Illinois University College of Education and Human Services, supporting its Teacher Education Program. We play an integral role in each student’s learning experience, as they rely on us for access to books, teaching aides, and media items; research assistance and instruction; group and quiet study spaces; and printers, scanners. Through your past generous support, each year we:

  • Welcome over 10,000 visitors
  • Check out nearly 10,000 items
  • Answer over 1,500 reference questions
  • Provide library instruction and services to education majors, as well as many other students taking electives utilizing our materials

  • Your contribution will help us continue to provide the superior service that our students deserve. We welcome the opportunity to discuss both monetary donations and gifts of materials.

    Every gift makes a difference!

    Monetary Donations

    There are many different ways to give to the Curriculum Library. You can make a gift today, make a pledge to give over time, or develop a giving plan.

    Our two current funding priorities include:

    Image of books on bookshelf Expanding the Collection
    The acquisition of new books, teaching manipulatives, CDs, DVDs is required to most effectively support the curricula of WIU College of Education and Human Services. The ever-increasing inflationary rate to purchase new materials demands a strong collection development budget, which is currently not supported by state funds.

    Image of Curriculum Library computers and learning space Revitalizing Library Spaces
    Students visit the Curriculum Library not just to check out materials, but to use our equipment, study alone or with a group, or simply take a few moments to relax between classes. To support these needs, we must continue to upgrade both our equipment and our environment.

    To make a donation online, visit the University Libraries’ Development page. At the bottom of the form, make sure to designate your gift to the Curriculum Library! To discuss other giving opportunities, please contact Suzanne Woodward, Development Director for University Libraries, by phone at (309) 298-2356 or by email at

    Gifts of Materials

    The Curriculum Library accepts gifts of items that will enrich and enhance the collection. However, due to space constraints and processing costs, there is a need to be selective about what is accepted. Gifts are not “free” to the library in the sense that time and supplies are expended in cataloging, processing, and possibly binding them.

    All donations will be reviewed by the Curriculum Library for potential inclusion in the Curriculum Library’s collection. All items will be checked to determine whether the titles are already in the Curriculum Library’s collection or on order. In general, second copies will not be added, except as needed by course demand. Titles not in the Curriculum Library’s collection will be reviewed and accepted or rejected based on the Curriculum Library’s collection development policy.

    Items that are not added to the collection may be included in fundraising endeavors to benefit the Curriculum Library, such as a book sale.

    Upon receipt of gifts, a “Gift Donation Receiving Report” is filled out by Curriculum Library staff and copies are forwarded to the WIU University Libraries’ Acquisition Unit and the WIU Foundation Office. The donor will then receive a receipt from the WIU Foundation Office listing the sum of the items received. Neither the University nor the Library will give appraisals of items for tax purposes, except for a nominal sum of $5.00 per item for books, CDs, and video recordings; and of $1.00 per item for paperback books.

    Inquiries about donating items to the Curriculum Library should be directed to David Macchi, by phone at (309) 298-1101 or by email at Arrangements for receiving the donations will then be made.