Endowments last forever. The names associated with endowments endure. Whitman, Arnold, Neureuther, and Wickes are a few of the names spoken in the Libraries. Mr. Neureuther gave the Libraries an endowment to buy books that would encourage students to read-and it is working. One student told the dean, "All the good books in the library have a Carl Neureuther bookplate in them!" Endowments make the difference between a good library and a great one.
Endowment income has supported the acquisition of new electronic databases, a lecture series, and the preservation of rare books and film. It increases the Libraries' book purchasing power and allows the Libraries to provide patrons with extensive and up-to-date computers, software, and other technological tools.
Today, even the most affluent university libraries struggle to provide enough financial support to keep up with the ongoing need for new resources. A gift or bequest of $25,000 or more will establish a named endowment for the Libraries. Gifts are recognized on a donor wall in the main library.