Annual Giving

Annual gifts help move us forward!   You can make a difference by giving today.

Annual gifts support many areas, from collections to technology to library space. These general contributions go into our operating budget to meet our most pressing needs. Your gift will provide our students, faculty, and staff with the opportunity to do great things right here, right now.

Gifts to Swem, in any amount, make a true impact.  For example, $20 provides for one book for a student through interlibrary loan; $50 provides for one month of exhibit supplies; and $100 provides for the preservation of one linear foot of manuscripts.

For examples of how giving to Swem makes an impact, please read these articles on two students: Karthik and Zach.


Sir Francis Nicholson Society

Sir Francis Nicholson served as the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and eventually the Governor of Virginia during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. During this period, he became a benefactor of the newly formed College of William & Mary. In 1698, Sir Francis Nicholson gave the College his personal library consisting of almost 150 volumes. These books, which unfortunately were destroyed in the Wren Building fire of October 29, 1705, formed the core of William & Mary's library.

Today, Earl Gregg Swem Library is one of the foremost university libraries in the country. And now, donors can honor Sir Francis Nicholson's legacy by joining the giving society bearing his name. Sir Francis Nicholson honorees donate $1,000 or more annually to Swem Library. Gifts of $1,000 could purchase necessities for Swem, such as exhibit supplies, 50 inter-library loans (ILLs) for students or faculty, or two task chairs.

For more information, please contact our office.