Giving to the Library
Collection Endowment Initiative

Collection Endowment Initiative

From a U.S. president's letters to a director's scripts, from an award-winning author's notes to the journals of Holocaust survivors, UCLA Library collections place the institution among the top ten academic research libraries in North America. More importantly, a worldwide scholarly community depends upon these vital, irreplaceable materials.

The Library enriches every facet of the university, from core academic programs in the College of Letters and Science to the specialized education in UCLA's top-ranked professional schools. As scholars in disciplines across campus reach new levels of accomplishment and acclaim, they find themselves in ever greater need of library materials that support new areas of research and instruction. Whether in the form of historic manuscripts, newly published books, or electronic journals and databases, UCLA faculty and students rely upon complete and in-depth library resources.  In fact, many choose to come to UCLA largely because of the quality of its Library and collections.

The continuing decline in state support for the Library and the university, coupled with the soaring prices of journals and books, means that the Library's ability to purchase the essential resources demanded by users becomes more difficult every year. The Library has thus turned to alumni, friends, staff, and faculty to help secure UCLA's extraordinary collections.

How Donors Can Help

The Collection Endowment Initiative invites donors to consider a gift to the UCLA Library that will provide critically needed funds to acquire, preserve, and make accessible library materials in any subject area of interest to the donor. Endowments may be established with a single gift or with a pledge that will build a fund over several years. Special bookplates designed in consultation with the donor will be affixed to each item added to Library collections through the donor's generosity.

Highlight on a Collection Endowment

In honor of Teri Aaron, scores of friends and family established the Theresa G. Aaron Endowed Collection in Children's Literature to pay tribute to her kind, gentle spirit; her great love of young people and the books that help shape them; and her dedication to UCLA.

For more information about establishing a collection endowment or to request a printed catalog of collection endowments, contact Library Development.