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Make a Gift to the Library

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.

--Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

Gift Opportunities | Endowment Opportunities | Sponsor an Exhibit | Naming Opportunities

Your Gift Makes a Difference

The Library's mission is to support the academic programs of the University. In order to accomplish this mission, we must have a dynamic collection that will serve the needs of the faculty and the students. As new courses are added, or existing ones shift focus, the Library must be able to respond by purchasing new materials in support of these changes.

Your gift will allow us to continue to meet the needs of our students and faculty by giving us additional flexibility in purchasing the most needed of books, electronic resources, journals, and other Library materials.

Gift Opportunities

Donate a Book a Year

A donation of $60.00 will buy one book. A bookplate will be placed in the front of the book with your name or the name of someone you would like to remember or honor.

Adopt a Journal

We need many donations for journals, from all disciplines. A minimum of 2 years subscription is required. Donor names will be placed with the journal.

Adopt a Database

There are many new databases which are really needed by our students. If you support a database, your name will appear each time a student accesses that database. If a company donates a database, the company name will appear when used by students. The cost of databases vary.

Join the Friends of the Oviatt Library

Membership in this support group is $60.00 a year ($35.00 for Seniors over 60), and includes Library check-out privileges. The Friends are very active in supporting events such as book sales, speakers, and exhibitions. Meet people with interests similar to your own.

Donate a Leaf, Acorn or Stone on the Tree of FriendsThe Tree offers permanent recognition of supporters on the wall in the Library Exhibit Gallery. A donation of $500 for a leaf, $1,000 for an acorn, and $2,000 for a stone will go toward the General Collections Endowment. Many alums and parents of students have donated to the Tree, as well as those honoring the memory of parents or friends.

Payroll Deduction

CSUN employees may use payroll deduction to make an automatic gift to the Library. This is an easy way to support your Library.

Endowment Opportunities

Make a Gift to The Library Endowment

This endowment has been established to support the Library’s Collection, and to assure that there will be funds in the future to buy books and materials. The Library spends only the interest, so your gift will always be a part of the endowment.

Start Your Own Endowment

This is a way to build your own gift over the years, with the funds going toward a Library need that you choose. A $25,000 gift will start your Endowment, and may be paid over 5 years. The principal is never touched, only the interest is spent. You may continue to contribute through the years, building your endowment to a higher level, and knowing your original gifts will be there in perpetuity.

Endow a Subject Collection

Any of our subject collections are available for naming with a gift of $25,000 in an endowment. This gift may be paid over a 5 year period. The collection will then carry your name, such as the “Smith Shakespeare Collection” or the “Jones Accounting Collection,” and a plaque will be placed in the stacks with your name. Interest from your endowment will purchase new books in your collection, and each of the books will have a specially designed bookplate with your name.

Sponsor an Exhibit

The Library puts on exhibits throughout the year, and needs sponsors to fund mounting, printing, and mailing costs. A $5,000 gift will sponsor an exhibit, and will receive full recognition in all exhibit publicity. Smaller gifts will acknowledge the donor as a co-sponsor.

Naming Opportunities

The new Learning Commons, each Library wing, and all floors of the Library are available for naming. Permanent naming opportunities begin at $10,000 for study rooms, with many other naming opportunities available.

Consider Planned Giving

In addition to cash, stock and other securities, gifts to the Library may include real estate, books, works of art, or patent rights. In addition, various planned gift vehicles, such as charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, annuities, and others can supply you a lifetime income, and may make sense for you.

To make a gift to the Oviatt Library or for further information on any of these gift possibilities, contact:

Joyclyn Dunham
Projects and Programs Coordinator
Oviatt Library
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8326


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Vern & Gwen Bullough established an endowment and named a room in the Library
Gus and Erika Manders
Gus & Erika Manders donated gifts of stock
Karin Durán
Karin Durán donated a large collection of modern plays
Harry Stone
Harry Stone bequeathed his Charles Dickens Collection
Milton Feinberg
Milton Feinberg started an endowment and donated a van to the Friends
Red glazed bowlstone pear and eggoil lamp vasestorn bowl
Florence Ferman donated her personal collection of ceramics and art.