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Check It Out: New Ways to Support UT Libraries

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Do you love books? Want to honor or memorialize someone? Looking for a special gift for a Longhorn? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you’re a prospective supporter of the University of Texas Libraries. The Libraries’ collections are the cornerstone of groundbreaking research, the foundation on which educations are built. From architectural drawings to classical manuscripts, from fine arts and historical music collections to cutting-edge materials in life sciences and engineering, UT Libraries are a treasure trove for students and scholars. New programs are generating funds that further strengthen the University’s world-class collections.

Most people recognize that good libraries can never stand still; continual reinvestment in resources is their lifeblood. Adopt-a-Book gifts are used to purchase new materials and to preserve, repair, and provide greater access to the millions of items that are already part of the UT Libraries collection.

For $375—the estimated lifelong cost of buying, shelving, and preserving a book at UT—donors have their name (or that of their honoree) permanently recognized in the online catalog record of their selection. Among other benefits, they also receive invitations to UT Libraries events and tours of special collections.

UT Libraries Advisory Council member Ken Capps, BJ ’82, was the first person to adopt a book, choosing John Graves’ classic Goodbye to a River. “It’s a story of Texas, our land, our rivers, and our heritage,” the Dallas resident says. “I have a passion for all things UT and also for the importance of the library system as being the epicenter for so much of campus and the community. I felt it was important that the very first book adopted for our great library system honor a Texas author and a Texas story.”

Another new initiative aimed at book lovers is Literary Longhorns. Recognizing donors who have given or pledged $25,000 or more to UT Libraries, Literary Longhorns gives them access to behind-the-scenes tours and lectures at such institutions as the Library of Congress, National Archives, New York Historical Society, Morgan Library & Museum, and Huntington Library. Closer to home, members are included in discussions with the vice provost and director of UT Libraries, curators, and archivists as they decide on acquiring rare books, manuscripts, and other special items.

They’re also invited to annual dinners featuring distinguished faculty and authors in the Life Science Library Reading Room of the Main Building. Those who recall this ornate, atmospheric space from their student days know that it is an ideal venue for a gathering of library enthusiasts. Sound appealing? Then your support, like a favorite library book, may be overdue.

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