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The Library is the heart of the University…. The intellectual growth and vitality of every school and every division, of every professor and every student, depends on the vitality of the Library. — Robert Gordon Sproul, 11th President, University of California (1930).

To be a first-class research university requires that we have a first-class library. It is what ensures we are on the frontier of knowledge and why, in good budget times and bad, we must preserve its excellence. — Robert M. Berdahl, 8th Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley (2002).

The print and digital Library collections at the University of California, Berkeley represent the bedrock of the Library's support to campus faculty and students. A significant percentage of the funding for acquiring these collections comes from the contributions of individuals, foundations, and corporations. In many cases the acquisitions made with donor support are the types of material that help make the UC Berkeley Library collections so distinct. In the coming years generosity of Library donors will play an increasingly critical role in the ability of the UC Berkeley Library to meet the research needs of students and faculty and to maintain the Library's preeminence among public university libraries in North America.

For more than a century, the generosity and loyalty of UC Berkeley alumni and friends have enabled the Library to address the changing needs of Cal's students and faculty. The Library continues to add an astounding amount of print and electronic resources, rare and unique materials, and new and innovative collections each year. The Library depends on the support of those who understand how important an outstanding library is to the education of students who will one day shape our future.

Individuals and organizations can help to play a role in this through a variety of means.

Give to the Library Fund. You can make a gift to the Library Fund online. Please specify in the remarks section: "to support Library collections."

For other ways you can help support the Library's Collections program, contact the Library Development Office, by calling 510-642-9377 or visit their website.

For further subject-specific information on the Collection program's critical needs, please contact Bernie Hurley, Director of Collections.

What an inexhaustible blessing the Cal Library was to me as I wrote The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay! My job in that novel was to try to make an entire vanished world — a time, a place, a mood, and an art form — come to life again. So many of the traces of that world — images, sounds, magazines and newspapers, congressional transcripts and cigarette ads, personal memoirs, histories, photographs and travel guides — were preserved for me in the Library. It was a miracle, one for which I was grateful every time I passed through those doors.
— Michael Chabon, 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.

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