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The library gratefully accepts donations to the collection. Your book donations are tax deductible; however, the library cannot provide valuations of your gift. We will acknowledge receipt of the gift by sending you a letter describing the number and type of items that you donated. We reserve the right to retain or discard items according to the Collection Development Policy of the library. At this time, the library is actively soliciting donations of popular fiction to help build this part of the collection.

Named book funds may be set up. Any questions, please call 970.248.1862. Thank you for your support!

Donation form

Gift Policy

The Tomlinson Library of Colorado Mesa University welcomes and appreciates the contribution of gifts of resources and funds that will enhance the collections, facilities and services. The Library reserves the right to accept or reject such gifts. The library also reserves the right to dispose of portions of a gift that do not meet the criteria for selection for the collection. Resources offered with restricting conditions will be accepted only at the discretion of the Director of the Library. All gifts become property of the Colorado Mesa University Tomlinson Library.


The Tomlinson Library follows the recommendations of the American Library Association concerning the appraisal of gifts. To protect the donor and the University as interested parties, the Library will not establish values of gifts of resources from donors. If the donor desires an appraisal, it is his or her responsibility to estimate values or employ the services of an independent consultant. The Library will assist in this matter by providing referral to such sources as auction records, dealers' catalogs, and names of professional booksellers who might be consulted. The acceptance of a gift which has been appraised by the donor or by a disinterested party does not in any way imply endorsement of the appraisal by the library.


To help mitigate the rising cost of academic journals, library patrons can "adopt" a journal for one year by sending a check for the cost of the subscription. The Library will subscribe to the title and pay the vendor directly. As the time nears for the subscription to end, we will send a letter to donors asking if they wish to renew the subscription for the upcoming year.

The Library Endowment

The Library Endowment purchases materials in support of the collection. Most of the funds go to build special collections in the following areas: Colorado history, the Colorado river, Four Corners geology, regional railroads, and extreme sports. The endowment is also used to support the curriculum.

Gifts for the Library Endowment can be sent directly to the library or to the CMU Foundation. If you give directly to the Foundation, make sure your gift is earmarked for the Tomlinson Library. Named book funds may also be set up. Contact the library for more information at 970.248.1862.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Colorado Mesa University Library is an organization designed to encourage both community support for the John U. Tomlinson Library and the enjoyment of the world of learning.

The Friends seek to:

  • Promote a personal interest in the Library's collection
  • Support the academic programs of the University
  • Preserve materials related to the unique cultural heritage of Grand Junction and the Western Slope
  • Provide educational opportunities to Colorado Mesa University students and the community

These goals are accomplished by encouraging gifts and bequests of:

  • Books
  • Manuscripts
  • Art or Cultural Artifacts
  • Support for the Library Endowment

Bring your completed Membership Form to the Checkout & Reserves Desk to become a Friend of CMU Library.