The growth of the University of Cincinnati Libraries can be achieved only with private support. Donations are vital to maintain and enhance the Libraries by:

  • Ensuring the timely purchase, cataloging, maintenance, and preservation of educational and research materials.
  • Providing the newest technology and comfortable, functional student research and study areas.
  • Supplementing the financial support from the University of Cincinnati and the State of Ohio.

Your Gifts Are Important

There are many ways to invest in the Libraries. Gifts may include cash, securities, real estate or personal property, endowments, sponsorships, planned gifts, and donations of personal libraries.

We also welcome memorial and tribute gifts that honor an individual, group, or a special occasion. Upon receipt of a memorial or tribute gift, the UC Libraries will notify the person you specify concerning the gift and the donor's name, but will not disclose the gift amount.

All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by IRS regulations. Employer-sponsored corporate matching gift programs enable donors to increase their contributions to UC.

To Make a Gift Now

To make an online donation to the University of Cincinnati Libraries through the University of Cincinnati Foundation's web site, visit their secure site at

Christa Bernardo
Director of Development
University of Cincinnati Libraries
640 Langsam Library
P.O. Box 210033
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0033

p: (513) 556-0055
c: (513) 253-8260
f: (513) 556-0325

Funding Opportunities

Unrestricted Gifts

Unrestricted support to the Libraries is allocated to the Annual Fund account, which enables the Dean and University Librarian to direct funding to areas with the greatest need. You may also designate your gift to support one of the 10 UC Libraries.

Other Funding Needs

If you are interested in a specific giving opportunity, please consider directing a contribution to one of the following areas needing additional support:


The Libraries requires private funding to help cover the costs of acquiring books and electronic resources that help maintain UC's top ranking as an excellent research library. Gifts may be designated for the Library Collections Endowment or spent immediately to purchase new materials in an academic discipline of interest to the donor or in academic areas targeted for growth.

Special Collections

The Libraries owns a number of rare collections that are historic and of significant value to UC students and faculty, as well as scholars and historians throughout the United States and world. Funding is needed to catalog and preserve some of these items to ensure access to them and improve their longevity.

Digitizing Special Collections

Using state-of-the-art technology, digitization makes it possible to preserve and provide access to unique primary sources. Documents to be digitized include historical documents, archives, photographs, art and other materials. The digitized documents can then be made available to the world through the Libraries website.


To maintain a competitive edge in an increasingly technological world, UC students, faculty and staff need access to the latest production tools, such as computers, printers, scanners, specialized software, and audiovisual and digital equipment for their course work. Continuous advances in technology and high use of equipment mean that computers in the libraries need to be replaced every 3-4 years.

Facilities & Furnishings

UC Libraries often serves as the personal office or second home for students, especially commuters, during their intense undergraduate or graduate years. To meet student needs, the libraries need to provide comfortable, well-lit, and well-equipped research and study areas, including an outdoor study area on the Langsam Library Patio where students have wireless Internet access with their laptops. These and other facility enhancements help to improve the comfort and functionality of the Libraries and increase their usability and attractiveness for UC students, faculty, and staff, and other library patrons.