Endowments provide the Libraries with much needed income to support research collections, which, in turn, support the University’s academic endeavors.

Annual operating funds are not sufficient to allow the Libraries to add all of the needed books, journals, special collections and online databases to the collections. Consequently, endowed funds are critical to the long-term well being of the Libraries’ collections.

With an endowment, you may choose to support a broad area of interest, such as the humanities or sciences, or focus the scope more narrowly, such as rare books, biomedical engineering, or 20th century American literature.

Endowments are not limited to the research collections; they can also be directed to the support of student research fellowships and specific library positions.

When possible, a special bookplate is affixed to the books acquired through the endowment. Each year, you will receive a stewardship report from the Libraries which details all of the research materials purchased on the endowment income.

You may start an endowed fund and add to the fund over a period of time through a pledged gift.

View our Endowment Directory

For more information contact:
Pamela Jackson, Senior Director of Advancement, River Campus Libraries