The O’Grady Library is grateful for the support of alumni, faculty, staff, the Abbey, and friends in the broader community. Your generosity helps the library enrich the research collections and services that support Saint Martin’s students and faculty.

Support the library

  • Financial gifts

    The library welcomes your gift to support resources and services for students and faculty: give online.

    Saint Martin's Office of Institutional Advancement can assist you planned giving and other options for supporting the library: ways to give.

  • Books

    The library welcomes donations of scholarly materials that support research and teaching at Saint Martin’s. Most books are accepted with the aim of adding them to the general, circulating collection and making them readily available to faculty and students.

    What we need

    The library welcomes scholarly materials that:

    • Support Saint Martin’s academic programs and have current research value;
    • Are in good condition and gently worn at most;
    • Are not currently held by the O’Grady Library;
    • Are not, in most cases, widely held by the Orbis Cascade Alliance (exceptions might include seminal literary titles or works on the Benedictine order).

    Materials that typcially would not be added to the collection include textbooks, workbooks, photocopies, mass media paperbacks, popular magazines, newspapers, and most journals.

    Scheduling your donation

    If you are donating a single book or a handful of titles, you may leave those at the circulation desk.

    For larger donations, please contact Cathy Chapman in advance.


    Gifts are accepted with the understanding that the library will determine their disposition, including location, retention, and cataloging.  Those materials that are not selected for the collection may be given to other libraries, sold (with the revenue going to library acquisitions), or recycled. Donated materials cannot be returned, even if not selected for adding to our collection.

    Tax information

    Saint Martin’s University is a 501c(3) educational organization, and donation are deductible to the extent provided by IRS regulations. The library will provide donors with a written acknowledgement that indicates the total number of items donated, but not a list of each title. IRS regulations do not permit the library to provide an appraisal or valuation of a donation. Appraisals are the responsibility of the donor. For additional information, please see:

  • Volunteering

    There are opportunities to volunteer in circulation, reference, technical services, special collections, and technology/media production support.  Volunteer positions may focus on a specific, short-term project or an ongoing longer-term role in the library. Contact Stefanie Gorzelsky to discuss your options.