For the second year in a row, the Penn State University Libraries Textbook Fund received a boost thanks to more than 70 donations totaling more than $30,000 from the recently concluded Giving Tuesday campaign. The Libraries participation in Giving Tuesday allowed alumni, students, parents and friends to support the Textbook Fund and increase the number of textbooks and course materials purchased each year, which can positively affect students across all majors, colleges, programs and campuses.
The $30,520 designated for the Textbook Fund in 2016 topped the Libraries’ 2015 Giving Tuesday total.
A new endowment, created by donations to the Textbook Fund in 2015 and 2016, will supplement the University Libraries’ budget in this specific area, with the goal of making available at least one current edition of each required text for every course offered at Penn State.
Matching gifts from individual supporters, three entities — the Penn State Bookstore, managed by Barnes and Noble; Shipley Energy; and the Penn State University Press — pledged funds to assist students through the new endowment. The Penn State Student Bookstore, managed by Barnes & Noble, pledged $10,000, with $5,000 each coming from Shipley Energy and the Penn State University Press.
Giving Tuesday 2017 is set for Tuesday, Nov. 28, but donations can be made to the University Libraries Textbook Endowment throughout the year at giveto.psu.edu.
For more information about the University Libraries Textbook Endowment, contact Wendi Keeler at email@example.com or 814-863-5446.