Make a Gift

Giving to Gordon Library is your opportunity to make a difference by sharing your appreciation for learning with the WPI community. Your legacy will provide resources and opportunities to faculty, students, and visitors to the library for generations to come.

Let Us Help You

If you’d like help deciding how best to invest in the library, please contact Tracey Leger-Hornby, Dean of Library Services, or complete our Giving Interest Form so we can assist you. When you complete and submit this form, one of our development staff members will be in touch with you to discuss your options. We also invite you to learn about the ways you can contribute below.

Ways you can make an impact:

Gifts both large and small go a long way! The following examples include gifts of various amounts to give you an idea of the many ways in which you can make a difference for students at WPI.

Gifts of $100 - $500:

Provide Resources and Materials

Your investment will help support the purchase of valuable materials and resources for the library. Ten boxes of archival folders can be purchased for $100; five books in the social sciences can be purchased for $250; three books in the sciences can be purchased for $500.

Honor with Books

Honor a loved one or memorialize a special occasion by joining our Honor with Books program with a gift of $100 or more. The library will purchase a book and create personalized bookplates (in print or online) to honor a person, special event, or special accomplishment. A letter of recognition and thanks will be sent to the honoree or family members, if possible.

Gifts of $1,000 - $10,000:

Share Experiences

Our library programs aim to engage the WPI community in current topics and relevant issues. Your gift of $1,000 will enrich these programs with the presence of celebrated authors and noted speakers at library-hosted receptions.

Preserve History

Your gift of $5,000 will help support the conversion of print yearbooks into digital format for easier access by all. $10,000 will help preserve a treasured portrait of a WPI founder.

Gifts of $25,000 - $50,000:

Build Collections

A Named Collection fund will help the library continue to build an outstanding academic collection. The library currently has three named endowments: Higgins, Prouty, and Berth. These generous endowments support collections in the Humanities and in library staff continuing education.

Establishing a Collection Endowment with a gift of $50,000 is an opportunity to honor a loved one and support the curriculum and research initiatives of students and faculty at WPI. Unrestricted endowed funds enable the library to obtain unique collections, purchase works of art, or restore and preserve our archival collections. Scholarly databases and electronic journal collections are much needed resources with annual subscription costs. Endowments will fund acquisitions while preserving the principal.

Collections in the humanities and arts at WPI, such as The Brenner Sculpture collection, Dickens illustrations, Card Camera collection, and WPI founder’s portrait collection, in the Special Collections, represent the link between the arts and engineering at WPI. Your gift will help us achieve our goal of building a strong and representational collection, which will not only enable faculty and students to enjoy the artwork for its own sake, but also learn the history, theory, and practice of art.

Create the digital library of the future

To bring our unique resources to current researchers, we need to digitize more of our Special Collections and WPI historical material. Our desire is to build a strong set of resources highlighting the work of alumni and friends of WPI and producing digital collections that become an essential component of the WPI curriculum on innovation and entrepreneurship. Your gift will help us achieve this vision.

Support spaces for learning with these naming opportunities

Tech Suites

These unique study spaces allow for dynamic group collaboration and technology- enabled interaction. Thousands of students use these spaces annually and will appreciate your named contribution.

Information Commons

One of the busiest collaboration spaces on campus, this area offers library users an inviting place to interact with easy access to information and technology services, and the Class of 1970 Library Café. Your gift here will ensure the continued accommodation in this space.

We’d love to discuss any of these opportunities with you. Please contact us:

Tracey Leger-Hornby
Dean of Library Services
tlh@wpi.edu

Audrey Klein-Leach
Executive Director of Planned Giving
akleinleach@wpi.edu

 
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Be a part of something great!

The library has evolved in new and exciting ways to accommodate and anticipate the changing needs of our users:

  • Our website has been updated and upgraded to provide the most accessible interface for our users.
  • New searching software, Summon, allows seamless access to the library’s physical and electronic resources from a single search box.
  • Three new Tech suites were installed, creating additional technology-equipped collaborative work spaces.
  • Library use continues to grow: during our busiest week, over 17,000 visitors used the library facilities.