Gifts to the Library Fund provide the maximum flexibility to address immediate and high priority needs and to leverage other resources. Examples include employing skilled students to work on special projects, providing educational technology programs for the campus, collaborating with research libraries worldwide to improve access to scholarly resources, and supporting staff development and training opportunities.
The new Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library is the centerpiece of a master plan to unite the university’s entire community of science students, faculty members, and researchers. We need your help to fully realize, outfit, and equip the new library so that students and faculty members in the sciences can continue to innovate, discover, and advance scientific knowledge.
These critical collections need to remain strong. Top scholars recruited from peer institutions arrive on campus expecting access to the latest information resources relevant to their specialized research. Graduate students, especially, need access to materials that report on the latest discoveries and newest knowledge in their fields. Teachers who incorporate undergraduate research into their course offerings also must have access to important collections relevant to their studies.
Students and faculty members at the UO need to have access to the latest technologies for their learning, teaching, and research. The UO Libraries aspires to be a leader in delivering much-needed technologies to the campus community, and views technology as a critical and fundamental component of the services it provides. The library’s current technology inventory for the campus learning environment must continually be upgraded and expanded. The library is also responsible for designing, purchasing, installing, and maintaining technology in all the general-use classrooms on campus, which requires additional resources to sustain state-of-the-art learning environments.
The UO Libraries is the university’s largest academic student employer. Students provide services that are essential to every member of the university community. Through their library employment, students also acquire valuable skills and work habits that contribute to their lifelong success. We need many more student workers than we have funds to employ. Each year we must turn away qualified students who need jobs, even though most have federal work-study grants that pay 75 percent of their wages.
The library administration wants to ensure that students who qualify for federal work-study funding have the opportunity to use it. They also want to provide meaningful employment opportunities for the increasing number of students who do not qualify for federal work-study grants but must nonetheless work in order to pay for their education.
Other Ways to Give
The Ken Kesey Fund enables the library to purchase the Kesey archive, a literary and cultural treasure, for future generations of students and scholars.
The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program supports the digitization of historic Oregon newspapers and infrastructure to provide free online access.
The Library Coaches' Fund supports the library's greatest priorities, including technology, collections, and student employees.
Gifts of resources which support the university’s mission of research and teaching are appreciated. If you are interested in donating resources to UO Libraries please read the library's Gifts in Kind policy, which will provide information on donating physical or electronic resources.