Make a Gift Now

Gifts to Ohio University Libraries make a difference in the amount of scholarly resources and the quality of the education that is available. Those contributions reinforce existing endowments, support the purchase of new collections, maintain current materials, and provide electronic resources that benefit present and future generations of the Ohio University community. Gifts also support the renovations to the library in order to allow easier and better access to resources that are essential to students and faculty. Because we want you to give to what interests you, we have many different choices of where you can give to make a difference.

The Promise Lives: Capital Campaign

The funds raised through the The Promise Lives: Campaign for Ohio University Libraries allow us to invest in new resources and renovations to permit better access to our resources and accommodate teaching programs. You can further choose how your gift will influence the library through several funds within our campaign:

The University Libraries’ capital campaign will run until 2015 with the goal of $6.85 million.

Library Endowments

Funds from our endowments support efforts to maintain collections that are made up of international, national and local materials. They also promote the preservation of documents, books and artifacts that within our collections. Other endowments benefit librarians’ teaching programs and aid students with learning disabilities through adaptive technology.

Learn more about the endowments.


The University Libraries selectively accepts donations of books and other library materials for the circulating collections. Please contact Melyn Smart, Acquisitions & Resource Sharing, at (740) 593-0001 or for more information prior to donating.

If you are interested in donating books, manuscripts, or other rare materials to the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, please contact Sara Harrington, Head of Arts and Archives, at (740) 593-0219 or to discuss your donation.

Be a Friend

The Friends of the Libraries organization was formed in 1979 to help fill the gap between external funding and the real cost of providing high-quality collections and services to the university community and beyond. The Friends host several book sales and public lectures throughout the year. They also give an annual gift to the Libraries as well as a scholarship to the Libraries’ student workers.

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