Dear Friends of William & Mary Libraries,
It is with great pride that I write to announce the triumphant close of the For the Bold campaign – and we want to thank you for your part in making the campaign a success for the Libraries. Your generosity played a role in a campaign that has produced impressive results:
- We have raised more than $22.3 M
- We have received gifts from more than 5,600 individual donors
- Gifts arrived from 48 states and 19 different countries
- More than 40 funds have been established, with 25 of those being endowments to benefit the Libraries for all time coming
It is impossible to encapsulate in a brief email message all of the good that has been accomplished by your collective philanthropy, but as I reflect on the campaign and the impact of your gifts, here are some highlights:
- In 2015, we celebrated the opening of the renovated Charles Reeder Media Center, a unique, impressive space within Swem Library. We are proud of the creative community we’ve built to inspire future filmmakers, musicians, writers and artists.
- Within our Special Collections Research Center, we’ve greatly expanded our oral history program, added a collection of unpublished letters of James Monroe, created the Hip Hop Collection and acquired a 19th-century handwritten, hand-decorated Quran, as well as numerous fine press and artist’s books.
- In 2017, we launched our Mosaic Diversity Program, which provides mentorship and work experience to students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in careers in libraries and archives.
- This fall, we continue planning and begin construction on a patio for Swem Library, adding a much-needed outdoor space for studying, teaching, and outreach. The patio will enhance health and wellness and address a shortage of outdoor venues.
Looking back over the span of the For the Bold campaign at the Libraries, your support has provided the margin of excellence that has enabled us to do so much to support our students and this community. We are immensely grateful.
Carrie L. Cooper
Dean of University Libraries