Information for Donors

Your Gift Matters

Since the very founding of Stanford, its library collections have been shaped and immeasurably enriched by gifts of many kinds. Today, we rely on a combination of endowments, gifts of collections, and cash gifts to supplement and build upon the operational support of the university. Much of what we offer students and researchers is directly the result of donations shaped by the interests and knowledge of the donor.

Please call or write to Amanda Whitmire at 831-655-6228 or to discuss any questions or for assistance with these gift opportunities:

  • Gifts of unrestricted funds 
  • Endowments Bequest and beneficiary designations
  • Gifts-in-kind of collections, rare books, manuscripts, maps or archives
  • Gifts of securities
  • Life-income gifts
  • Memorial and celebratory gifts

Memorial or other gifts may be made to the library. A minimum gift of $25 puts one book or map, so marked, in the Harold A. Miller Library at Hopkins Marine Station. Named endowed funds ($25,000 or more) may be earmarked for Miller; all purchases on these funds are indicated by a bookplate bearing the name of the honored individual(s).

The Donated Materials Process at the Miller Library

The Harold A. Miller Library at Hopkins Marine Station welcomes small donations of scholarly materials. Since the primary purpose of our donation review program is to acquire materials that will be added to our collection, we cannot accept gifts that have not had prior review by our staff. We do not accept outdated textbooks. For donations of large book collections or monetary donations please contact the Library Development Office at 650-723-3866 or visit their website.

When a list of proposed gift titles is received it is checked against the library collection. Items we do not own are considered for addition to the collection. A bookplate with the donor’s name will be put in any books we retain, if desired by the donor.

Gifts are only accepted unconditionally; that is, the Miller Library reserves the right to determine the disposition of the donated materials. Unwanted materials are generally sold to second-hand book dealers, and the funds from those sales used to purchase new material for the Library.

Although the Library does acknowledge receipt of gifts, we cannot provide donors with appraisals of the gifts for tax purposes. If a donor requires an appraisal, we recommend that he or she consult an independent appraiser prior to making the donation, or use a list of the donated titles to check against used book seller inventories for approximate current valuations.

Used Bookseller Sites (for market valuation)


If the Miller Library cannot use your donations, please consider the following:

Better World Books
Founded in 2002, Better World Books sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. Discussion of what they will and will not take can be found at:
Contact them at:

Bridge to Asia
This organization has a drop off point in Hayward, CA.; Contact Bridge to Asia directly after you have dropped off your books so they can acknowledge your gift and provide a receipt.

Bridge to Asia, MEB Distributing, 25014 Viking Street, Hayward, CA 94545-2704 - accepts walk-in donations most week days (except legal holidays). The telephone contact is, 510-887-8378. Bridge to Asia website: