Giving to the Library | University of Portland

Giving to the Library

The Clark Library stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Portland. With our extensive collections, technology and tools for innovation, and dedicated faculty and staff, the Library is a learning commons that offers hundreds of students each day a place to gather, share ideas, create, and learn. You can make a real difference by supporting the Clark Library. Thank you for your generosity!

Make a gift today!

Students seated on a bench using laptopsSupporting student success

Your donations help us to continually explore new ways to support students. For example, the Library is the only place on campus that loans laptops and other technology equipment to students, ensuring they have the computing power they need. Recent PilotsGive donations funded 20 additional laptops for this vital program! Donor generosity has also helped us provide more accessible spaces and furniture to students with a variety of needs and learning styles. From technology and accessibility to providing leadership and professional development opportunities for student workers, your donations are central to expanding our student outreach.


Clark Library donor bookplate

We recognize gifts of $250 or more by adding a beautiful vintage bookplate to a newly purchased book in your name or the name of your honoree. After receiving your donation, we will contact you for details about your personalized bookplate.

If you have any questions about making a gift to the Clark Library, please contact us at 503.943.7775 or

The Library accepts books and scores with scientific, literary, or artistic merit that support the University’s curriculum. Donations to Special Collections in the form of rare books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and broadsides are also welcome. Please visit Gifts of Materials for more information.

Donor Spotlights

Dr. James Covert

The Covert Family

The family of Dr. James T. Covert, founder of the University Museum, recognized the need for the UP Museum to increase its reach by giving the greater community a glimpse into the history of the university. Through their generous donation, the library has created the Dr. James T. Covert Gallery and the Digital Museum.


Five members of the Leadem familyThe Leadem Family

Each year, the Ellen M. Leadem Annual Scholarship is awarded to a University of Portland student who is interested in pursuing studies in library science. The Leadem family generously established this scholarship in honor of Ellen Leadem, wife, mother, and librarian for over 25 years. Ellen was passionate about expanding access to information and providing for the next generation of librarians.