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Giving to The Cooper Union Library


Throughout this year of remote teaching and learning, and onsite building and creating, the Cooper Union Library has served as a cornerstone for the campus community, supporting students and faculty with the Library’s online resources, services, and expertise—no matter what they need, no matter where they are, and no matter the time of day. In truth, this is what we have always done and will continue to do.

The COVID-19 national health emergency has made us especially grateful for the philanthropic support of our donors. Your investment, in large part, enabled us to provide critical online resources and services to The Cooper Union community. When you make an unrestricted gift to The Cooper Union Library, you become a stakeholder and a partner, conveying confidence in our decisions to fund the highest priorities and the most pressing needs. Unrestricted support allows us to be nimble, which will remain important even as we are able to welcome students, faculty, staff and researchers back in to the Library this fall.

Become a Friend of The Cooper Union Library today.  

Sincerest thanks for all your support,

Lisa Norberg, Library Director
The Cooper Union Library


Donors contribute significantly to strengthening the collections and fulfilling the mission of The Cooper Union Library through their financial support and their gifts of books, manuscripts, and other library materials, which are an indispensable resource for the teaching and research activities of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Library staff will evaluate potential gifts in terms of institutional value and consider whether materials support the collection development goals for a particular subject area when assessing a gift.

Please note:

  • When the staff accepts a gift, it becomes the property of The Cooper Union Library.  
  • The Cooper Union Library reserves the right to determine whether the gift will be retained, where it will be located and how it will be cataloged and circulated.

Income Tax Deductions

  • As a donor you may be entitled to an income tax deduction within Internal Revenue Service regulations.
  • As required by law, you must establish the fair market value of an item contributed to a charity, but a formal appraisal is not always necessary. Appraisals must be done before the gift is transferred to the library.
  • You must file IRS Form 8283 if you claim a deduction for non-cash gifts totaling more than $500 within a calendar year. If your gift is valued at more than $5,000, you must get an appraisal by a qualified independent appraiser.
  • The Cooper Union Library does not provide appraisals to donors.
  • The Cooper Union Development Office will sign IRS Form 8283 for the college and send you the official receipt for IRS purposes.
  • Where tax considerations are involved, you may wish to consult your personal attorney or tax advisor.



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