Giving To Columbia University Libraries

Contributions to the Libraries enable Columbia to build on its tradition of academic excellence, and to retain its prominence as one of the top five academic research systems in North America. As the information landscape becomes ever more complex, the Columbia Libraries and their incredible staff have more than kept pace, creating new spaces for both digital and tangible resources and finding new ways to get them into the hands of our students, faculty, and visiting scholars.  This work is not simply accelerating traditional scholarly research—it is redefining what is possible.

There is so much important work happening at Columbia, on so many fronts, and the Libraries support it all. They are also a leading example of Columbia's commitment to being a truly global university. Our collections now include resources in more than 450 languages. In fact, more than half of what we are collecting today is in languages other than English, which means that your support of the Libraries fuels learning both here at the university and around the globe.

We look forward to connecting with you and hearing about your philanthropic interests. There are many ways to join our community of supporters:

Buy a new book
Honor or memorialize a loved one with a personalized bookplate.

A small gift can go a long way for a scholar in need of a particular resource.

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Become a Friend of the Libraries
Join other alumni and friends in supporting Libraries programs and events.

The Libraries sponsor a great lineup of public programs. Help us continue to bring the Columbia community quality programs taking books and research to a broader audience.

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Save a book or document
Help us conserve and preserve our valuable collections.

Preserving the past for the present and the future is central to our mission. You can help us save history.

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Save our sound and video legacies
Migrate fragile tapes, films, discs, and other endangered media to digital preservation.

Audio and video preservation is costly and important. Older tapes and films were made with unstable materials and liable to decay. They urgently need to be migrated to digital files for long-term preservation. Save a song, a memoir, a documentary.

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Adopt a collection
Help us acquire unique groups of books and documents.

Opportunity knocks at unexpected times. We need to be prepared!

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Adopt a graduate intern
Help Columbia graduate students learn about primary sources.

Your gift can help better prepare future faculty for research into primary source materials.

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Adopt an electronic resource
Databases, journals, and indexes serve all disciplines at Columbia.

As entire fields and professions move more and more to digital knowledge and information, the need to provide access to these costly sources increases.

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Sponsor an oral history
Our Oral History program is the oldest and finest in America.

Columbia’s Oral History Research Office is the oldest and one of the best in the country. Help us continue to capture the memories and lives of distinguished politicians, cultural figures, and professionals.

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Digitize a special collection
Put some of our choice books, manuscripts, and archives on the web.

In the 21st century, it is crucial for our research resources to be available digitally on the web. Help us share our important rare and special materials with a global audience.

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Support educational technologies for teaching and learning
Help our staff bring new tools and resources to students and faculty.

Our Center for New Media Teaching and Learning needs your help and support to continue its vital work of developing new ways and new tools for the classroom.

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Endow a book fund
Endowed book funds guarantee support for our collections in all fields and areas.

Endowed book funds are the Libraries' insurance policies for the future. Create a named endowed fund with any gift of $50,000 or greater and guarantee that scholars in the future will continue to have access to the sources they need. Books and materials acquired through your gift will be bookplated with the name of your fund.

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Renovate spaces
There are many opportunities to update and upgrade work spaces for students.

While Butler Library has been renovated, many of our other libraries – especially the Avery and the Lehman libraries – are in need of improvements to better meet the needs of our students.

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Endow a librarian or curator
Our talented staff are expert in dozens of fields and specialties.

Our librarians and curators are links to the academic community in fields as diverse as Chinese Studies, architecture, music, and Classical studies. Endowing their positions allows us to deepen and enrichen communities of expertise at Columbia.

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