Give to W&M Libraries

Each gift makes a difference

Why Give to W&M Libraries?

Although William & Mary is a public school, state assistance covers less than 11 percent of our operating budget. That is down from 27.8% in 2000 and 18.7% in 2005. Private gifts from members of the university's close-knit community, like you, provide vital resources. From our academic environment to world-renowned professors to state-of-the-art facilities, private support sustains the William & Mary experience.

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First Poetry Collection to Library

Dr. Terry and Mrs. Sheila Meyers gifted the first poetry collection to W&M Libraries that is centered around the life and work of major Victorian literary figure Algernon Charles Swinburne. 

Donation of Comic Book Collection

W&M Libraries received a valuable collection of comic books and other graphic arts depicting African Americans, donated by Richard Percy Wright.

Ground Floor Renovation

A $10.7 million project to revitalize the ground floor of Swem including a studio for teaching and research, digitization lab, and more. 

“Our private funds are the tool we use again and again to assist those in the pursuit of knowledge. Whether it’s building a new amazing space or procuring a one-of-a kind collection, donations are the mechanism we use to get there.”

Associate Dean of Collections and Content Services, Swem Library