Letter from University Librarian, Ginny Steel- Spring 2019

Dear Donors and Supporters of the UCLA Library,

UCLA’s Centennial Celebration is officially underway. The UCLA Library is extremely proud of the role we’ve played in UCLA’s climb to its current status as one of the world’s leading public research institutions. But did you know that the Library is even older than the campus? 

It’s true; the UCLA Library was founded in 1883 as the library for UCLA’s predecessor, the State Normal School, which was located downtown in the current location of the Los Angeles Central Library. 

The Library’s first book was the two-volume work Twelfth Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories: A Report of Progress of the Exploration in Wyoming and Idaho for the Year 1878 by Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden. 

Today, the Library has more than twelve million print and electronic volumes. Over the past 120 years, the exponential growth in our collections, the opening and renovation of many landmark library spaces, and the creation of innovative services have served UCLA’s constantly expanding body of students, faculty, and staff as well as ever-increasing areas of study. 

This growth would not have been possible without the steadfast support of our extraordinary donors; our current level of excellence  is a tribute to your generosity. And we need you now more than ever. 

With the launch of the Centennial Celebration, the UCLA Centennial Campaign enters its final phase. Before it concludes at the end of 2019, the UCLA Library needs to reach our goal of $52 million, of which we have raised $34 million to date. 

All gifts of any size are welcome, and additional recognition opportunities are available to those who are able to make major gifts, as you’ll see in the donor profile on page five. 

I thank you in advance for your continued support, and I look forward to thanking you in person at one of UCLA’s many Centennial events.

Virginia Steel

Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian