Giving to Columbia University Libraries

Contributions to the Libraries enable Columbia to build on its tradition of academic excellence, and to retain its prominence as one of the top five academic research systems in North America. As the information landscape becomes ever more complex, the Columbia Libraries and their incredible staff have more than kept pace, creating new spaces for both digital and tangible resources and finding new ways to get them into the hands of our students, faculty, and visiting scholars.  This work is not simply accelerating traditional scholarly research—it is redefining what is possible.

There is so much important work happening at Columbia, on so many fronts, and the Libraries support it all. They are also a leading example of Columbia's commitment to being a truly global university. Our collections now include resources in more than 450 languages. In fact, more than half of what we are collecting today is in languages other than English, which means that your support of the Libraries fuels learning both here at the university and around the globe.

We look forward to connecting with you and hearing about your philanthropic interests.  There are many ways to join our community of supporters:


Become a Friend of the Libraries by contributing to the Annual Fund with a general support gift:

Friend                     $100
Receipt of annual newsletter, bi-annual events calendar, and special updates

Advocate             $1,000
Includes Friend level benefits, plus:
Annual behind-the-scenes tours and presentations

Sustainer             $5,000
Includes Advocate level benefits, plus:
Invitation to Annual Bancroft Prizes Dinner & Kennedy Prize Awards

University Librarian’s Society         $10,000
Includes the Sustainer level benefits, plus:
Special invitations by University Librarian to join in important conversations and fundraising efforts


Support Special Collections with a one-time or recurring gift:

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library (Or, become an Avery Friend)

Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary (Or, become a Burke Friend)

Starr East Asian Library

Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Global Resources 

To make a Special Collections gift, please select one of the above options from the drop-down menu on the Online Form.


Sponsor a specific position, initiative, or area of interest:

Purchase a Collection                                    $2,000,000

Endow a Library Director or Curator                $3,000,000

Renovate a Library Space                              $100,000

Support Teaching & Learning                        $50,000

Support the Digitization of a Collection           $25,000

Fund a Graduate Intern                                 $5,000


For more information about giving options, please contact:

Allison Morrow
Communications & Development Officer
Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, Room 507B, MC 1103
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212.854.5289

To make a gift over the phone, please contact:
Matthew A. Hampel
Development Associate
Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, Room 507A, MC 1103
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212.854.4746

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