Endowments

Endowment funds provide a valuable opportunity to invest in the future of higher education. Each fund serves as a permanent financial resource that generates annual income for a designated purpose. In this way, donors create a living legacy that spans generations. Library endowment funds are established with gifts of $25,000 or more, payable over a five-year period. The income is used according to the wishes of the donor and typically benefits a specific Library collection, program, or service. If you have questions about—or want to establish—an endowment fund, please contact the Library’s Office of Advancement.

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  • Agricultural Communications Documentation Center Fund

    To support the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center

  • Agriculture and Home Economics Class of 1941 Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Library

  • Donald and Marilyn M. Ainsworth Fund In Memory of Carolyn Smith Ainsworth

    To provide support for the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library

  • Donald and Marilyn M. Ainsworth Library Endowment

    To support the University Archives for Intercollegiate Athletics and Sports Information

  • Waco W. and Betty Jean Albert Fund

    To support the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Libraries

  • Felix Albrecht Memorial Fund for The Mathematics Library

    For the acquisition of books and/or journals or their electronic equivalents for the Mathematics Library

  • Nancy Anderson Mathematics Library Endowment Fund

    Matching gift fund to benefit the Mathematics Library

  • Winfield S. and Evalene K. Angus Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • An Anonymous Fund From Generous Library Friends

    To support the Mathematics and Physics Libraries

  • James W. and Beth L. Armsey Library Fund

    To benefit the Library Fund for the purchasing of new printed books for the College of Communications Library and the History and Philosophy Library for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Dorothy C. Armstrong Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

  • Allen and Elaine Avner Endowed Professorship in Interdisciplinary Research Fund

    To support a named professorship in the University Library to be known as the “Allen and Elaine Avner Endowed Professorship in Interdisciplinary Research”

  • Richard Allen Avner and Elaine S. Avner Library Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition of Judaica materials and machine-searchable databases for the Reference, Map and Geography, and Newspaper Libraries and the Illinois Historical Survey

  • The Harold E. and Margaret K. Balbach Fund

    To support the Biology Library

  • Lyle E. and Lois R. Bamber Fund

    To support the Biology Library

  • Rose D. Briem/lita J. Bane Library Endowment Fund

    For environmental sciences materials in the Biology Library

  • The Jayne W. Barnard Ricker Library of Architecture and Art Fund

    To support acquisitions in the Ricker Library

  • Andrew Barr World War II Archives Fund

    For acquisition, processing, exhibition, conservation, and reference use of the Third Armored Division Association Archives in the University Archives

  • Russel E. Benway Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • The Berthold Family Fund

    To support acquisitions, preservation, library professorships and fellowships, facilities, and any other activities deemed appropriate to enhance access by and services to students and faculty

  • Eugene P. Bertin Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the Chemistry Library

  • The Arthur E. Biallas Memorial Library Endowment Fund

    To support the acquisition of materials related to the preservation of historic buildings and other structures and American architectural history in the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

  • Mary Kathryn Bieniecki Memorial Endowment Fund

    To support the School Collection of literature for children and young adults in the Education and Social Science Library

  • Paul E. Bierley Sousa Research and Preservation Endowment Fund

    To support ongoing research in and access to the John Philip Sousa collections in the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

  • Biology Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Biology Library

  • Donald L. and Maryann D. Bitzer Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition and preservation of Library materials and equipment

  • Donald L. and Maryann D. Bitzer Grainger Engineering Library Information Center Endowment Fund

    To support state-of-the-art information services at the Grainger Engineering Library

  • Robert O. Blissard Endowment Fund

    To support the Library Annual Fund, the Carl Sandburg Collection in memory of his parents Frances E. and Rollin P. Blissard, and the Gene Rinkel/H.G. Wells Acquisition Fund

  • John K. Bouseman Natural History Survey Library Endowment Fund

    To support acquisitions that serve the research of the Illinois Natural History Survey

  • Marshall, Emily J. and G. Raymond Brannon Endowment Fund

    For the purchase of books, periodicals, and other resources in the Agriculture Library

  • Roderick P. C. Caldwell Memorial Endowment Fund

    To support the Mathematics Library

  • Winifred A. Caldwell Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition of materials for the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

  • Dorothy Carmichael Diiorio Fund

    For the acquisition of books and materials for the Undergraduate Library

  • Robert D. Carmichael Memorial Collection Endowment Fund

    For the purchase of rare mathematics volumes

  • Brent Reed Centlivre Endowment Fund

    To support the Library Friends Endowment Fund

  • David C. Chang Library Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition of materials relating to East Asia

  • Chemistry Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Chemistry Library

  • Marianna Tax Choldin Fund

    To support the activities of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

  • Nancy K. Clark Library Endowment Fund

    To enhance and promote preservation and conservation efforts of paper-based collections in the University Library

  • Clifford Family Library Endowment Fund

    To support the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library

  • The Otto and Marlys Coelln Fund for The Preservation of Communications and Media Library Materials Fund

    For the preservation of library materials and collections pertaining to communications, advertising, and media, such as radio, newspaper, television, and telecommunications

  • Bruce C. Creamer Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the Illinois Historical Survey

  • Terrence M. Deneen Library Endowment Fund

    To support public engagement programming, exhibits, speakers, and staff support to process or conserve literary manuscripts and archival collections in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

  • Mary Ann Diller Library Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • Gaylord and Dorothy R. Donnelly Endowment Fund

    To support the Reference Library

  • Charles E. and Esther P. Duncan Commerce Library Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the Commerce Library

  • Paul B. Dusenberry Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Engineering Library

  • Robert O. Endres Endowment Fund

    To create the Robert O. Endres Library Professorship in Cinema Studies and provide unrestricted support to the Cinema Studies Collection, including student support

  • Engineering Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Engineering Library

  • Phyllis B. Erwin Library Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition of rare books

  • Fessler Family University Library Endowment Fund

    To enhance the collection and resources related to sport at the University Library to more fully support students, faculty, Illini athletes, and Olympians

  • Ralph T. and Ruth M. Fisher Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Slavic and East European Library

  • The Guy C. Fraker Endowed Library Fund

    To provide ongoing support for the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections and the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Memorial Law Library

  • Arden Earl French Memorial Endowment Fund

    To support the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center

  • James E. and Sue E. Freytag Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Isaac Funk Family Library for Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the Education and Social Sciences Library

  • Gee-jackson Library Fund

    For the purchase of rare books

  • Geology Library Fund

    Established by Harriet E. Wallace to benefit the Geology Library

  • James B. and Emily J. Gillespie Fund

    To support the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • Dorothea H. Gilpin Rare Book and Special Collections Library Fund

    To support the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

  • James M. and Mary Marsh Givens Endowment Fund

    For materials relating to Charles Dickens and Dickensiana

  • Tracey K. Glancy Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library

  • E. Kenneth Gray Fund

    For rare books and collections as first priority, with second priority for unrestricted support

  • Suzanne N. Griffiths Fund

    For the purchase and binding of Pure Bred Dog/American Kennel Gazette and the acquisition of books printed by small private presses

  • Albert and Mariella Guttenberg Charitable Gift Fund

    To support the University Library

  • Albert and Mariella Guttenberg Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • The Alan M. and Phyllis W. Hallene Library Endowment Fund

    Unrestricted support for the Library and the acquisition of the 10-millionth volume

  • Thomas N. and Marion R. Harvey Endowment Fund

    For unrestricted use by the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center

  • Ruth and Kenneth Henderson Library Endowment Fund

    To support the acquisitions, programs, and services of the University Library

  • Reverend Professor Dom Bennett Hill Osb Memorial Library Fund

    To support outreach, social, and other promotional activities to enhance and further the excellence of the University Library

  • Mark H. Hindsley Fund

    To preserve, maintain, research, secure, store, and display the Mark H. Hindsley Papers in the Sousa Archives for Band Research

  • Peter and Joan Macfarlane Hood Endowment Fund

    For the production of special publications, such as exhibition catalogs and/or other Library promotional materials

  • Harlan H. and Henrietta C. Horner Endowment Fund

    For maintenance and augmentation of the Lincoln Collection

  • William R. and Annie Laurie Horsfall Fund

    To benefit the University Library

  • Chester W. and Nadine C. Houston Endowment Fund II

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • Chester W. and Nadine C. Houston Biology Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Biology Library

  • Stewart S. Howe Archival Endowment Fund

    To support collections in the University Archives dealing with student life and culture, particularly the Stewart S. Howe Collection

  • William G. Huber, D.v.m., Ph.d., and Joyce F. Huber Veterinary Medicine Library Endowment Fund

    For the purchase of print materials to support teaching, research, and public service in the College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Robert L. Huck Library Endowment Fund

    To support the American Colonial History Collection

  • Valencia F. Huson and R. Jane Scott Band and Music Audiovisual Preservation Endowment Fund

    To support the long-term preservation and curatorial care of the band music sound recordings and moving-imagery collections in the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

  • Ernest Ingold Endowment Fund

    For the growth and maintenance of the Shakespeare collection

  • Robert M. Jones Library Endowment Fund

    To support cinema studies resources in the University Library

  • Elijah Jordan Endowment Fund

    To purchase books in the field of philosophy

  • The J. Christopher and Robin N. Kaler Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • Paula T. Kaufman Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • The George B. and Helen L. Keck Endowment for The University Library Fund

    To support the University Library

  • James J. Kessler Jr. Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support to the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center

  • Lawrence Stanford King Graduate Assistantship In The Music Library Endowment Fund

    To provide funds for a graduate assistant in the Music Library to process the Lawrence S. King Music Collection as the first priority

  • David Kinley Memorial Fund for The Classics

    To purchase, preserve, and conserve materials for the classics

  • Francis J. Koenig Library Endowment Fund

    To enhance the collections of the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

  • Louis W. Kosiba and Cosette Kosiba Library Endowment

    To support the acquisition, maintenance, and preservation of collections and to enhance and promote the excellence of the University Library

  • Steven, Marla, and Ross Krause Library Endowment Fund

    To defray the costs of renovating the Communications Library

  • Gene R. Kritsky Gift Fund

    For maintenance of the Charles Darwin Photos and Memorabilia in the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

  • Kenneth J. Krynicki Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • R.J. “Rusty” Laible Endowment Fund

    To support the agricultural collections and services of the Isaac Funk Family Library for Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

  • Jon and Jo Ann Laible Library Conservation Laboratory Fund

    To support an undergraduate internship in the Library Conservation Laboratory

  • Lambda Literature Library Endowment Fund

    To support the gay literature collection

  • Richard M. Lawrence Chemistry Library Endowment Fund

    To benefit the Chemistry Library Endowment Fund, which was established on November 28, 1990

  • Virginia Lee Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • The Vern E. and Trudy K. Lewis Library Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • Library Acquisition Endowment Fund

    For the purchase of materials by the University Library

  • Library Friends Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library’s collections

  • Charles and Millicent Marshall Library Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • Edith McConochie Rare Book & Manuscript Library Memorial Endowment Fund

    To support the Rare Book & Manuscript Library in loving memory of Jean McConochie’s grandmother, Edith Fitzpatrick McConochie

  • Barbara H. Mcmurtry-noel Library Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition of books, music, and research materials for the Music Library

  • Donna McPherson Library Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • Robert and Kay Merrick Family Endowment Fund

    To support Library programs and services which further the excellence of the University that lack funding from other sources

  • Janet W. Meyer Friends of The Library Fund

    To support the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • Peter A. and Sharon D. Michalove Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition of books, periodicals, and other appropriate resources and learning/study materials on the subject of medieval history for the History and Philosophy Library

  • Larry and Mary Miller Endowment Fund

    To support the “Ralph Fisher Professorship” and the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Collections

  • Reid T. Milner and Marjorie P. Milner Library Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • Marion Morse Wood Fund

    To support the University Library

  • Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson Center for International Library Programs Endowment Fund

    To support programs established through the Mortenson Distinguished Professorship for International Library programs

  • Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson Distinguished Professorship for International Library Programs

    For the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace through library programs

  • C. Barber Mueller Library Exhibition Endowment Fund

    To support exhibitions in the University Library

  • Neh Challenge Grant Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related materials

  • Albert H. Nemoede Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

  • Mardell J. O’Brien and Larry C. Johnson Endowment Fund

    To support the Classics Library

  • Dr. Patricia J. O’Brien Endowed Fund

    To support anthropology collections and services in the University Library

  • Kenneth and Florence C. Oberholtzer Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library with first priority for the Agriculture Library

  • Beulah Stewart Oleson Library Endowment Fund

    To purchase books for the University Library’s collections

  • Irma Eunice Olson Library Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related materials

  • Roy Lewis Ostrom Memorial Library Fund

    To support student employees at the University Library

  • Jesse L. and Mary Ann Owens Library Fund

    To support the maintenance, acquisition, and enhancement of collections in the University Library, as well as other Library activities and programs which increase excellence at the University

  • George and Sarah Patterson Pagels Library Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related materials

  • Parapsychology and Occultism Endowment Fund

    For books and publications in the broad areas of parapsychology and occultism

  • Alan C. Parsons Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • Robert J. and Dianne M. Patterson, Jr. University Library Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

  • Anthony J. Petullo Endowed Library Fund

    To support the Ricker Library for the acquisition and preservation of collection materials in the area of fine arts

  • Barbara Lynn Pflaum Memorial Endowment Fund

    For acquisitions in the natural sciences

  • Keith R. and Karen H. Phelps Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • Stanley H. Pierce Memorial Library Fund

    For the purchase of books for the Engineering Library

  • Professor Richard S. Powers and Dr. Jane T. Kuntz Endowment Fund

    To support the acquisition of library materials

  • Roger E. Puta Library Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related materials

  • Rare Book & Manuscript Library In Memory of Richard D. Jonson, General Engineering – 1956, Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

  • Ernest J. Reece Endowment Fund

    To support the Library and Information Science Library

  • Cordelia Reed Library Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related materials

  • Helen M. Reynolds Endowment Fund

    For the enrichment of the Library in the fields of art or architecture

  • Dick and Trudy Reynolds Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center

  • Frederick W. Salogga Library Endowment Fund for Ricker Library

    To support the architectural collections of Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

  • Elizabeth and Robert Rogers Fund

    For the acquisition of eighteenth-century rare books and manuscripts

  • Joanne G. Rubin Endowment Fund

    To benefit the Biology Library

  • William T. Ryerson Endowed Library Fund

    To support the collections, programs, and services of the University Library

  • John P. and Helen S. Schaefer Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the Chemistry Library

  • Judith A. Schaffenacker Library Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • G. Schreiber Memorial English Library Fund

    To support the English Library

  • Professor Harold A. Schultz Endowment Fund

    To support the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art in memory and honor of Dr. Allen S. Weller

  • Shebik Family Library Endowment Fund

    To support the collections and services of the Undergraduate Library

  • Dmytro and Eustachia Shtohryn Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Ukrainian collections of the Slavic and East European Library

  • Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson University Library Deanship

    To supplement the funding of the faculty position in the University Library to be known as the “Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book & Manuscript Library Chair”

  • Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Endowment Fund

    To endow the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson University Library Deanship and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library Chair

  • Herbert J. Smith Endowed Fund

    For the benefit of the University Library to support the disciplines contained in the curricula of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • James P. and Diane P. Staes Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • Professor Henri Stegemeier Endowed Fund for Emblematica

    For acquisition expenditures to assist in enlarging the Emblem Book Collection

  • Stone Family Library Endowment Fund

    To benefit the collections and services of the University Library that support the research and study of the history of the individuals and families who migrated, colonized (especially Illinois and the Midwest), and participated in the expansion and development of the communities, territories, and states that became the United States of America

  • Steven E. and Ottileanne Stroh Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Commerce Library

  • Nellie M. Stuart Library Endowment Fund

    To support the collections, programs, and services of the University Library

  • James J. and M. Joan Stukel Endowed Library Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center

  • Robert L. Sullivan Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition of printed materials that relate to Italian history

  • Michio Suzuki Memorial Gift/Pledge Fund

    To enhance the Mathematics Library

  • Cynthia R. Swanson Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • John E. Sweet Memorial Endowment Fund

    For acquisitions by the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

  • Fred E. Sweitzer Library Support Fund

    To support the anthropology collection

  • Ray and Bonnie Telling Endowment Fund

    To enhance the Commerce Library’s acquisitions, equipment, and other teaching materials for the Department of Accountancy

  • Jewel E. and Ruth A. Thacker Endowment Fund for Library Acquisitions

    To support the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • John Thompson and Jeanne Scharre Thompson Endowment Fund

    To support student assistantships for the Map and Geography Library and the Illinois History Survey Library

  • Bill and Gerry Thompson Library Fund

    To enhance collections on world food and agriculture in the Agriculture Library

  • John A. Thornton Engineering Library Endowment Fund

    To support the collections, programs, and services of the Engineering Library

  • Irene Tinker Women In International Development Fund

    To enhance and support the collection of the Women’s Studies/Women in International Development Library

  • George F. and Edna Brown Titus Library Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related collections

  • Allen H. and Ruth H. Toby Memorial Judaica Endowment Fund

    For the general areas of Judaica, Hebraica, and Jewish studies

  • Van E. and Joann D. Trimble Agriculture Library Endowment Fund

    To add to and improve the collections of the Agriculture Library

  • Vicki L. Trimble Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • Vicki L. Trimble Honorary Library Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • George M. Unger Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library

  • James Russel Vaky Endowment Fund

    In memory of Alpha Vaky Wingard, sister of James Russell Vaky, for the acquisition and preservation of Germanic materials in the Modern Languages and Linguistics Library

  • Michael L. Vanblaricum Collection of Ian Fleming and Bondiana Fund

    To support the University Library

  • Anne M. Vekich Endowment Fund

    To enhance the Library’s collection of Croatian materials including those written in Croatian, English, and other non-vernacular languages

  • John E. Velde Jr. Library Endowment Fund

    For augmentation of the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • Lucile F. Vickers Library Endowment Fund

    For enrichment and advancement of the University Library

  • Mary L. and James R. Vieregg Library Endowment Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

  • Vogt/Farrar Fund

    For student support to those studying the physical characteristics of musical instruments and assisting with curatorial oversight of the Library’s special collections of musical instruments and band research archives

  • Robert A. and Emily Stipes Watts Library Endowment Fund

    For the acquisition of humanities materials

  • Robert and Chung-kyun Wedgeworth International Award for Library Leadership

    To support library leadership by providing librarians around the world with educational opportunities through the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

  • Tracey B. Weisberg Library Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • Julius L. and Dorothy U. Weiss Military Collectors’ and Researchers’ Library Collection Endowment Fund

    To support the Weiss library collection of military-related books, ephemera, posters, badges, uniforms, and other reference materials

  • Lucille and Charles Wert Educational Fund

    For developing a formal program of computer training for users of the Chemistry Library

  • Janet L. Weston Endowment Fund

    For acquisitions to enhance the Nathan A. Weston Collection

  • John L. and Doris H. Whisenand Endowment Fund

    To support the University Library’s collections, programs, and services

  • George W. and Mildred K. White Endowment Fund for Early American Antiques

    For care and preservation of the White’s extensive collection of early American antiques, donated to the University Library in 1989

  • Lawrence E. and Isabel G. Williams Family Veterinary Medicine Library Endowment Fund

    To enhance the Veterinary Medicine Library’s collections and services

  • Barbara F. and George J. Williams Library Endowment Fund

    For the enhancement, preservation, and maintenance of Library collections

  • Jane Wilson Library Endowment Fund

    To support the Jane Wilson San Francisco Bay Area Fine Press Collection

  • Sheila Wirth Library Unrestricted Fund

    To provide unrestricted support for the Main Library

  • Michael and Louise Witte Fund

    For renovations to and expansion of the Chemistry Library

  • August J. Wittrock and Mathilde C. Wittrock Fund

    To support the University Library’s English collection

  • Frederick Jewett Worden and Margret Latham Worden Library/Acquisition Endowment Fund

    To support the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

  • Eleanor I. Young Endowment Fund

    To support the collections, programs, and services of the University Library

  • William W. Young Endowment Fund

    For books relating to English or American literature

  • Mary and Harold Zirin Endowed Fund for Slavic Reference Services

    To provide unrestricted support for the Slavic Reference Servic