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Interim Dean of Libraries Sydney Thompson

Support CWU Libraries

The CWU Libraries at Central Washington University offers services, programs, and resources for
students, faculty, staff, and the community. Donor support helps make many things possible, including:

  • an atmosphere for collaboration and successful study
  • care for our core collections in print and electronic form in support of teaching, learning, and research 
  • the ability to create the best possible conditions for learning
  • proud traditions, like providing much-needed stress relief and sustenance for finals week with a variety of programming, including the beloved Waffle Night and Paws and Relax

Support CWU Libraries

Interim Dean of Libraries Sydney Thompson is here to answer any questions about how you can support the libraries at (509) 963-1306 or by email at

Current Funding Priorities

The CWU Libraries would like to invite you to help provide students with the best services and learning atmosphere possible by supporting the initiatives below.

Endowments and Scholarship Funds

Endowments provide funding for resources for present and future generations. Libraries will always strive to fill the information and scholarly content needs for students and the faculty that support them, and collections need constant updating whether it’s by adding print books to the collection or access to databases. Endowed funds ensure that CWU can continue to provide the quality resources our students need to succeed in their classes.

The library awards scholarships to student workers and to library science minor students, recognizing that we are educating the next generation of information professionals and assisting in their success.

Facility Improvements

A sense of an academic community contributes to student success, whether they are looking for a place to study “alone together,” with a group on a collaborative project, or a dedicated silent place. The Brooks Library seeks to constantly update and improve facilities with an eye to growing community through safe, welcoming spaces.

Student Success

The CWU Libraries support all students on their journey to success by providing innovative programming. We don’t merely help students find and consume information; we also strive to nourish the whole student. Our programs connecting study partners, create social opportunities, and allow students to pursue interests and hobbies to develop lifelong learning skills.

Funds and Scholarships

Do you want to know where you can invest at the Brooks Library? View all of our funding opportunities below.

  • Student Scholarships

    Brooks-Cutright Scholarship—This scholarship supports students working toward a library science minor or certificate in honor of James E. Brooks and Dean Emerita Patricia Cutright.

  • James E. Brooks Library

    Library Fund for Excellence—This fund provides support for library programming, facilities improvements, resources, and training to ensure we are providing our students with the most updated approaches to information literacy.

    Friends of the James E. Brooks Library Endowment—This endowed fund supports growing library collections in response to student learning and research needs.

Ways to Give to the Library

A gift to support the CWU Libraries is a meaningful statement of your belief in our mission to launch Central Washington University toward a better future. Each investment made in an intentional and personalized approach allows you to make a gift that is right for your financial situation and provides the greatest impact to our current generation of students, and those yet to come. No matter the size of your gift, or your method for giving, your financial support is deeply appreciated!

Outright Gifts—Cash and/or credit card gifts are the most popular and convenient means of support. They have the most immediate impact on the university and students. Funds can be designated as unrestricted (Business Dean’s Fund), or to the designation of your choice.

Stocks and Bonds—Stocks and bonds, or other forms of securities that have appreciated in value, offer our donors significant tax advantages. Gifted securities are tax-deductible at their market value on the date of the gift, and are subject to charitable gift regulations. Please visit our FAQ page for more information.

Bequests—A gift of cash or property made through a will or living trust leaves a lasting legacy to the designation of your choice. CWU can be named as a beneficiary of an estate, as the recipient of a stated dollar sum, or as a residual beneficiary.

Real Estate—Real estate that has appreciated in value can be of great value as a gift to CWU. Consultation with a development director is recommended. Please contact the CWU Foundation office at 509-963-2160 or email

IRA Charitable Rollover—You may be looking for a way to make a big difference to help further our mission. If you are 70½ or older, you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help continue our work and benefit this year.

Retirement Assets—A gift of your retirement assets, such as a gift from your IRA, 401k, 403b, pension, or other tax deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to CWU. Your retirement assets may be transferred to CWU by completing a beneficiary designation form provided by your plan custodian.

Matching Corporate Gifts—Donate to CWU and you may double or triple your donation at no extra cost through your company’s matching gift program. Visit our CWU Foundation Matching Gift page for more information.

Life Insurance—Life insurance can provide the opportunity to make a substantial gift. A policy that is no longer required for its original purpose may be transferred to CWU. New or existing policies naming the university as beneficiary may be used as long-term planned gifts.