Giving to the River Campus Libraries

Ways to Give

Your generosity and dedication to the River Campus Libraries will have an enduring impact on the academic aspirations of our students and the research endeavors of our faculty. Together we rise to the challenge of Meliora — ever better.

Why Give?

The River Campus Libraries supports the high academic quality and rigor of the University’s curriculum through its deep research collections, inspiring study spaces, and exceptional services. It is our mission to ensure that we can support the many paths of intellectual inquiry upon which our students and faculty travel. To meet this challenge we need your help.

Your gifts support:



Student interns receive an enriched learning experience that helps prepare them for the next stage of their lives. Funding helps provide internships for students in Rare Books and Special Collections, the Robbins Library, and our Digital Humanities Center program, among others.


Learning Spaces

When students and faculty walk through our doors, we want them to be entering an academic gathering place for collaborative activity, experiential learning and research. Gifts to the annual fund support the continual evolution of our learning spaces by enabling us to make the substantive changes that are required for both our physical and virtual learning environments.



Technology is having a profound effect on everything we do. Annual fund support enables us to purchase new and emerging technologies to keep our students at the forefront of the digital age.



We welcome funds to support our rich print and digital collections and then get into the rare and unique items. Your annual fund support fuels the acquisition of rare and unique materials , both physical and digital, for customized curricular experiences, curated exhibits, citizen scholarship, and collaborations with other cultural institutions.

Ways to Give


Give to the annual fund

Your gift to the River Campus Libraries Annual Fund will help enhance learning spaces, provide increased technology and digitization, bolster collections, and ensure the highest level of student support.


Join the George Eastman Circle

Your membership in the George Eastman Circle, the University of Rochester’s leadership annual giving society, helps shape the future of the River Campus Libraries.



Endowments provide the Libraries with much needed income to support research collections, which, in turn, support the University’s academic endeavors. Endowed funds supplement the annual operating budget and are critical to the long-term well-being of the Libraries’ collections.


Planned Gifts, Annuities, and Bequests

You may wish to make a commitment to the Libraries but would like that gift to be deferred, such as through an annuity or bequest. You can choose from several options that will help to integrate your personal and family financial goals with your charitable giving to the River Campus Libraries.


Gifts in Kind

Donations of books and materials deemed appropriate for the Libraries' collections and that enhance support of the University’s teaching and research needs are accepted at the discretion of the collections development staff.


Endow a Library Chair

Sponsor a chair in the Library to ensure that there are funds to repair, reupholster, or replace worn chairs. With over 500 reading chairs throughout Rush Rhees Library, funding is an ever-present need.



Give Through OneRochester

OneRochester, our new Faculty & Staff giving campaign, offers those who work here a meaningful way to support the University and The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester through gifts of any amount to any department, school, or unit.


"Through your generosity and dedication, I have been working as a library intern digitizing William Seward’s priceless papers, a project that has combined my interests in unique ways. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity."

Luke Kortepeter '15
Computer science major with minors in Spanish and history

Contact and Information

Contact us

For more information on giving opportunities.

Pamela Jackson
Senior Director of Advancement,
River Campus Libraries