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McGill student donation to libraries matched

Published: 7 Apr 2000

Students donate $500,000 to McGill libraries; University matches pledge dollar for dollar.

University helps push pledge to $1 million

McGill students aren’t just borrowing books from their University libraries this year - they’re providing funds to buy more.

The Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) has created a special Library Improvement Fund to allocate $500,000 to McGill’s libraries. In recognition of student generosity, the University has pledged to match the student fund, dollar for dollar, thereby doubling the donation to $1 million.

(Journalists wishing to attend a special presentation commemorating the student donation, April 12 at 11 am, in the McLennan Library, 3459 McTavish Street, should contact Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins.)

About 70% of the new funds will be spent on books, monographs and journals -- for the Arts, Sciences and Law libraries -- with 10% of the donation earmarked to buy books on student request lists. About $200,000 will be used to support the McGill University Libraries Digital Millennium Initiative (a program geared to providing library computer workstations), while the remaining $100,000 will be used to create a new study space for students.

"Students know how much the University’s budget is constrained," says Tom Thompson, deputy director of McGill’s Development Office (Campaign Planning). "So they’ve taken the initiative to provide funds for the libraries, from which they will immediately benefit."

This is the second time in McGill’s history that students have made such a generous contribution to their libraries. The first was a $1.2-million gift, donated over three years, as part of McGill’s 1995 Capital Campaign. The SSMU collected its new library fund by charging students an extra $14 in annual fees, an arrangement agreed to by students via referendum last year.

"The impetus for improving library conditions is on students," says Xavier Van Chau, SSMU vice-principal (University Affairs). "If we want our libraries to reflect the changes that are coming in the next 10 years, we have to prepare today."

Contact Information

Contact: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
Organization: University Relations Office
Office Phone: 514-398-6752
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