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Library Policies and Practices

Personal Donations

Individuals are welcome to donate books, CDs, DVDs, maps, etc. Bring the items to the library, and we will provide a record for tax purposes. We will add needed items to the library collection.

NOTE: Watson Memorial Library does not appraise materials, so we cannot assign a dollar value to your donation.

To donate archival collections, personal papers, family records, manuscripts, photographs, maps, letters, diaries, and historical materials pertaining to Louisiana, please contact the Cammie G. Henry Research Center at (318) 357- 4585.

Financial Donations

In order to provide quality library service to all library clientele, Northwestern State University Libraries utilizes donations to the NSU Foundation to supplement our budget.

To benefit the library, you must designate a library account for your donation.

Here are options for donating:

Eugene Watson Library Fund

This fund, named for long-time library director Dr. Eugene P. Watson, can be used for supplies, travel (to professional conferences, etc.), and equipment.

Fleming Thomas Book Fund

This fund, named in honor of former library director Mr. Fleming A. Thomas, is an endowed fund and interest generated from this account is used to purchase library needs.

Donating a Book Through Amazon Wish List

Would you like to help Watson Library by donating a book but aren’t sure what titles they need?

There is an easy solution!

Go to Amazon ( and peruse our wish list. On the far right of your Amazon screen, is a drop down menu “Wish List”. Choose “Find a Wish List or Registry”. In the box, type “Watson Library” and our list of desired titles will appear.

To order, check “Add to Cart” beside the title(s) and proceed to checkout like you would usually. Our address will appear in your choices of addresses for delivery.

Once the book arrives, a gift plate with your name as donor will be added if you leave your address in the area designated for a personalized gift message. If you would like to donate in someone’s name or memory, include that information for the gift plate in the personalized gift message section. A donation for our Leesville/Ft. Polk branch can be made, too. Please include this information in the personalized gift section. Don’t forget to include your own name and address so an acknowledgement of your gift can be mailed to you.

Thank you for considering adding valuable material to Watson Memorial Library or its branches.