Contact Info
Calvin T. Ryan Library

University of Nebraska Kearney
2508 11th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68849-2240

Tel: (308) 865-8599

Dean of the Library
Evan Boyd

Tel: (308) 865-8546

Giving to the Calvin T. Ryan Library

Gifts of Books and Other Materials

The Calvin T. Ryan Library welcomes gifts of books, audiovisual materials, and periodicals for the Library's collections. Gifts from friends of the Library supplement the Library's purchase of materials, providing items otherwise unavailable. To help inform donors as to what is an appropriate gift and to insure that gifts are properly placed in the library collection, the following procedures have been adopted:

The library staff reserves the right to turn down any donation. College textbooks, damaged or defaced materials, materials that do not contribute to the purpose of the library, some duplicates, or materials that cannot be accommodated suitably at the time, will not be accepted.

The library reserves the right to dispose of any accepted materials as the library deems appropriate in accordance with the needs of the library. At the time the donation is made, donors may request that materials not useful to the library be returned. The library staff will decide where gift materials will be placed in the collection. Any restrictions requested by donors must be approved by the Dean of the Library at the time the gift is made. Materials accepted by the Library and added to the collections become the property of the Library and are subject to the policies and procedures that govern Library collections.


Please bring gifts to the library or have them sent. However, if it is impossible to bring the donation to the library, materials, from within the city of Kearney, will be picked up by library staff.

  • Each donor will receive a letter from the Dean, the Curriculum Librarian or the Archivist acknowledging the gift.
  • In accordance with the Statement on Appraisals of Gifts adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the library as an interested party cannot make appraisals of gifts. The library will assist in the identification of a qualified appraiser. Acceptance of a gift does not mean the library endorses an appraisal.
  • Donations may be publicized in library and university publications. A donor must indicate to the Dean, the Curriculum Librarian, or the Archivist if they wish the gift to remain anonymous.

The Calvin T. Ryan Library, in association with the University of Nebraska Foundation, has launched a program to Buy a "Book for the Library" as a long-term project for library enhancement and as a way to honor or memorialize a special person.

Special Donation Guidelines

We are pleased to consider offers of unique or specialized collections that do not necessarily meet the standard guidelines above. In some cases, we may send a subject expert to your site to review a special collection. To discuss a donation that is of unique value, please contact Evan Boyd.

Monetary Gifts

Monetary gifts supporting the library are tax deductible and are handled by the University of Nebraska Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Private financial support is vital to creating a margin of excellence at the Calvin T. Ryan Library. Your gifts can assist the library in bringing outstanding collections of information to the library on paper and electronically, as well as creating a physical environment which complements learning for UNK students and other library users. Please visit the following link and click on UNK Library Fund to give now. Thank you for your support.

For more information about ways to support the Calvin T. Ryan Library, please contact:

Rich Brodersen
Director of Development
University of Nebraska Foundation
214 West 39th Street
Kearney, NE 68848
Evan Boyd
Dean of the Library
University of Nebraska Kearney
2508 11th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68849-2240
(308) 865-8546