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The Voluntary Library Gift: Enhancing Your Library Environment

The GW Libraries—Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Libraries—are a home away from home to many GW students. At a school with close to 10,000 undergraduate and 15,000 graduate students, regular upkeep is needed for the wear and tear that comes from daily usage. The voluntary library gift, a $50 donation each semester, allows for consistent funding of basic library needs and support for ongoing improvements.

Last year the voluntary library gift funded modifications to provide new 24/7 study space for graduate students, and supported student jobs in the Libraries, stress relief programming, and technology updates.

While some students are aware of the voluntary library gift, many never consider its significance. The fund began shortly after President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg’s arrival at GW in 1988 and was explicitly created to demonstrate student commitment to improving the Libraries.

In return, the GW Libraries is committed to using the voluntary library gift to support student-focused activities. Last year, for example, the voluntary library gift helped fund tangible improvements, including upholstered furniture and modifications required to open the Global Resources Center as a 24/7 study space for graduate students. The voluntary library gift was further used to support student jobs in the Libraries, create stress relief programming for students during finals, and update specialized software so students have access to the latest versions.

We appreciate everyone who supports the GW Libraries through the voluntary library gift.

To provide feedback on how we might use these funds in 2017 to enhance the student experience at the GW Libraries, please contact student liaison Yesenia Yepez.

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