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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:
Become a Friend of the Libraries
Join other alumni and friends in supporting Libraries programs and events.
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.
Adopt an electronic resource
Databases, journals, and indexes serve all disciplines at Columbia.
Sponsor an oral history
Our Oral History program is the oldest and finest in America.
Digitize a special collection
Put some of our choice books, manuscripts, and archives on the web.
Support educational technologies for teaching and learning
Help our staff bring new tools and resources to students and faculty.
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.
There are many opportunities to update and upgrade work spaces for students.
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.