McGill student donation to libraries matched
Students donate $500,000 to McGill libraries; University matches pledge dollar for dollar.
University helps push pledge to $1 million
McGill students arent just borrowing books from their University libraries this year - theyre providing funds to buy more.
The Students Society of McGill University (SSMU) has created a special Library Improvement Fund to allocate $500,000 to McGills 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 Universitys budget is constrained," says Tom Thompson, deputy director of McGills Development Office (Campaign Planning). "So theyve taken the initiative to provide funds for the libraries, from which they will immediately benefit."
This is the second time in McGills 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 McGills 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."