Great universities are known for great libraries. Having secured a place among the nation’s best, the Emory Libraries create profound connections between individual readers and a world of ideas. With resources ranging from a 13th-century manuscript Bible to the latest digital technology, the Emory Libraries invigorate scholarship and learning at the university and in the larger community.
On any given day at the libraries, you might see novelist Salman Rushdie talking about literature with a group of scholars, take in an exhibition of historical photos from the civil rights era, or hear an expert talk about the new field of digital publishing. Emory alumni and friends who value literature and culture will find meaningful opportunities to make charitable investments in the libraries’ collections, programs, and facilities.
Rich Mendola, Emory’s new director of Emory Libraries and Information Technology, is focusing on the fundraising priorities outlined below.
Build key collections and expand new ones.
Increase the endowment for the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). Emory has one of the nation’s youngest leading special collections libraries, and MARBL’s endowment lags those of its peer institutions. A healthy endowment provides ongoing funding to ensure that MARBL continues to thrive.
Develop digital innovations. In response to the new role of academic libraries in research and teaching, Emory is on a path to become a model research library with distinctive digital resources.
Build funding for library fellowships. Fellowship funding supports scholars as they use MARBL collections and other library resources in their research.
Generate unrestricted support. Unrestricted gifts to Emory Libraries and Information Technology provide flexible support that allows the director to invest in strategic priorities throughout the year.