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Give to the Libraries: Opportunities to Give


Collections & Materials

Our rich resources support and sustain the University’s important scholarship. The following require continuing revenue streams:

  • Library Subject Endowments to purchase books and other resources.
  • Journal Subscriptions (online and print).
  • Research Databases: provide access to e-books, journals, magazines, and newspapers.
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Digital Access & Preservation

As technology has advanced beyond the printed word, the Library has evolved beyond a physical collection of buildings housing books, documents and other materials. To safeguard fragile holdings and meet the growing demand for online accessibility, the University Libraries Digital Collections was created to convert text, images, audio and video to digital format.

Digitization funding is needed to expand access to the treasures held in Archives and Special Collections.

The Phoenix

Artists' Books Endowment

Artists’ books are works of art in book form produced in limited editions. The artists’ book collection is a teaching collection and serves as a bridge between the library and classroom. Enthusiastic students come into the library to view them and once here, we introduce them to other library resources.

An endowment fund specifically for artists’ books would allow the library to enlarge its collection and provide for the long-term continuation of a highly successful program.

book in need of repair

Conservation Endowment

Archives and Special Collections holds the unique and most valuable materials of the University of Louisville Libraries system. Books, manuscripts, maps, historic documents, photographs and prints are available to anyone who requests them. However, frequent handling takes a toll, and steps must be taken to conserve the artifacts even as we work to enhance digital access.

A conservation endowment would provide annual income dedicated to the repair of these rare materials and secure their legacy for generations to come.

Fund for UofL Libraries

To provide unrestricted support directed to areas of greatest need.


Computers, software, laptops, tablets, audio/video materials and specialized software for multi-media productions.

Capital Improvements

Physical updates to provide modern individual and collaborative study space.

Gifts from alumni and friends are vital to making the difference between a good library and an excellent library. It is not how much you give – it's that you give that makes the difference. Every gift counts and will have a real impact on the lives of U of L students.

Please consider a gift in support of one of the following areas of need: