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Friends of the Cooper Union Library: Home

We are incredibly grateful for the many Friends who have supported us over the years and we look forward to continuing those relationships and building many more.

Through your generous support, we continue to strengthen our collections, expand our programming, and preserve the impactful history of The Cooper Union.

Students studying in The Cooper Union Library


Cooper Union Alum

Alum of The Cooper Union enjoy perpetual access to the Library and can obtain borrowing privileges by becoming a Friend at the following levels:

  • Recent Alum (graduating within the last 5 years) — $50/year 
  • Alum (graduating 6 years or later) — $100/year



Even if you are not affiliated with The Cooper Union, investing in The Library by becoming a Friend makes a difference and helps us advance our mission.

Giving at the Scholar level gives you physical access to The Cooper Union Library and onsite access to our online resources. Giving at the Curator level gives you borrorwing privileges, as well as physical access.

  • Scholar — $500/year
  • Curator — $1,000/year


Of course, a gift at any level is greatly appreciated. Simply select "Other" to enter the amount you wish to give to support the library. 

Thank you for becoming a Friend of The Cooper Union Library!

Please note that your Friend of the Library payment is a tax-deductible gift to the Library and is non-refundable. If you have any questions, please contact us

Donations of Books and Other Research Materials 

Acceptance Guidelines
  • While The Cooper Union is deeply grateful for the generosity of its donors, we are not able to accept every gift due to the limited space and the changing nature of our students’ needs. Our subject specialists will determine whether a donation is appropriate and can be accepted. When a staff member accepts a donation, 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 Libraries.
  • 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 collection appraisals. 
  • The College’s 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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