Since James McGill's founding gift of 46 acres and 10,000 pounds in 1813, McGill University has grown to international prominence, thanks in part to significant private support, or major gifts, from alumni and friends.
All gifts to the McGill Libraries are important. Major gifts—private support of $100,000—are especially vital to the continued excellence of the McGill Library. Donors who make this exceptionally generous commitment to McGill can direct their generosity to any of McGill's 13 libraries and specialized collections.
Major gifts ensure that the Library can offer significant resources and facilities to support outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, attract top researchers from around the world, bolster critical research and teaching in all disciplines. Large-scale private support, particularly when it comes in the form of an endowment, helps plan for future needs.