Gifts to the Clemson Libraries are investments in the future of Clemson University.

The Library is the heart of campus, a technological hub of activity and creativity. No student ever graduates from the library, but none graduate without it.

Help us continue the tradition of our great libraries.

On this page you will find answers to the questions you have about the available giving opportunities. Take a moment to explore the site.

What Are Endowments?

The most effective way you can continue the tradition of Clemson Libraries is through the creation of an endowment. Endowments provide a steady source of income for the libraries, which we use to purchase needed materials, fund positions, and support library activities.

Any endowment for Clemson University is tax deductible and can be paid in one lump sum, a series of installments, or as part of a planned gift. For a donation to be considered an endowment, it must reach at least $25,000 in value within five years.

How Do My Gifts Make an Impact?

The Clemson University Libraries use your generous gifts to maintain the traditions of the library while preparing it for the technologies of the future.

Whether your gift is a comfy chair, new books, or a new computer lab, you are helping the Clemson students and community get the most from our libraries.

How to Donate

Clemson Libraries has a number of giving opportunities that may be suited to your needs. You will find a summary of the giving options below.

Online Giving
If you are ready to make a contribution to the Clemson Libraries today, you can use our online giving site. By following this link, you can make a credit card donation using our secure server.

Direct Gift
A direct gift can be made by check or credit card payable to the Clemson Fund. In the memo or designation line designate Libraries. To charge your gift to your credit card by phone, call (864) 656-5896.

Gifts in Kind
Gifts of books, recordings, DVDs, maps, manuscripts or other gifts in kind that will enhance the Libraries’ collections and support the research needs of Clemson students and faculty are most welcome. See the Clemson Libraries Gift Policies for more information.

The full market value of gifts of appreciated securities is tax deductible. In most cases, appreciation in the value of the security benefits the Clemson Libraries and is not taxable to the donor.

Matching Gifts
Many employers will match employees’ gifts to the Clemson Libraries. To make a gift, send a gift designated to the Clemson Libraries (payable to the Clemson Fund) accompanied by a matching gift form obtained from your employer’s personnel or employee relations office.

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

Charitable Gift Annuity
Donors may transfer money, securities, or real estate in trust to the Clemson Libraries.

Qualified Retirement Plans
Naming the Clemson Libraries as a beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan—IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or KEOGH—may be particularly advantageous. This type of estate gift, unlike others, will result in more assets being passed on to your heirs.

By writing a will or living trust, you can specify that you would like your estate to benefit the Clemson Libraries. Planned gifts include gifts through wills, living trust, charitable trusts, charitable gift annuities, retirement plans, or other estate planning arrangements.For more information, you can peruse the Clemson University planned giving website.