Cornell University

Catherwood Library

Catherwood Library, Ives Hall, 607-255-5435

Selected Opportunities for Giving to the Library

FOCAL (Friends of the Catherwood Library)Donor sign in Catherwood Library Reference workroom

Become a member of FOCAL, the Friends of the Catherwood Library. Memberships begin at the $100 level. For more details and benefits, click here.

Establish a Book Fund

Endow a fund to purchase materials for Catherwood's collections in a subject area covered by the library. Each resource purchased for the collection will be plated with your name on the inside cover or the name of the person or organization you wish to honor. To see an example of a book plate, click here. Endowments may be created with a minimum gift of $5,000.

Endow a Journal

Endow the annual subscription to a journal, or journals, of your choice. $5,000 will endow, in perpetuity, a subscription costing the library $100 or less each year. $10,000 will endow a journal costing the library $200 or less each year. For more information, consult the Endow a Journal brochure.

Digital Projects

Underwrite the cost of a project to convert printed labor union journals to an electronic format. Some of our labor union journals are too fragile to be handled by researchers. Converting to a digital format would make them more widely available to users on campus as well as to researchers around the world. ($20,000)

Fund a position to expand the "Key Workplace Documents" feature of our web site. We selectively distribute documents and reports via the World Wide Web in the industrial relations/human resources management subject areas. Documents out of copyright, or those for which permission has been granted, are chosen for this purpose. ($20,000 for one year)

Scholarships, Internships, and Staff Exchanges

Underwrite a graduate school library student internship at Catherwood. Students at one of the nation's library schools would gain experience working at the library as part of their degree program. ($10,000)

Fund a scholarship to support a Catherwood employee's study towards the professional library degree. ($10,000)

Underwrite the partial cost of an exchange program to support a Catherwood staff member's internship at another major library in our field for part of one year. Examples would include the International Labour Organization Library in Geneva, Switzerland, the library of the Bibliothek der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung [the Friedrich Ebert Foundation] in Bonn, Germany, and the library of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Substantial benefits to the library include developing relationships with colleagues at other institutions and broadening knowledge of information services practices elsewhere. ($10,000)

Research Fellowship

The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives draws inquiries from around the world because of its unique archival holdings. Either with a one time gift of $5,000, or a donation of $50,000 to establish an endowment for this purpose, underwrite a research fellowship to help defray the costs (transportation, lodging, photocopying, coding, etc.) which researchers encounter when they come from long distances to use the collection on site.