The UC Merced Library is an indispensable partner in learning, discovery, and the creation of knowledge. We are engaging with students, faculty, and the larger community to further the research, education, and service mission of the university.
In the past academic year (FY2022-2023), we recorded over 386,000 visits to the Kolligian Library and 356,000+ virtual visits to the Library website and its research guides.
Our Library staff taught sessions to over 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students to support their coursework and research projects.
Our Library staff connected with hundreds of students at summer orientations, shared resources through 549 reference transactions, and hosted exhibits and events that highlighted faculty research and our region’s history.
We work yearly with 40+ students across our Library operations; a number of alumni have since pursued professional work in libraries, archives and museums.
We acquired over 30,000 George Ballis photographs spotlighting farm worker communities in the Central Valley and rescued the archives of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks from wildfire.
With your support we can engage in projects and activities that enhance the Library’s physical and digital spaces, contribute to students' academic success, meet researcher needs in our evolving information landscape, preserve distinctive collections, and invest in student education & employment. Your generosity will sustain the Library’s commitment to preserving our past, expanding engagement, and investing in our future. Contribute by giving to one of these three funds.
Flexible funding will be applied to the Library’s most pressing needs and initiatives aligned with our overarching funding priorities
Funding will be dedicated to the creation of two important spaces for archival research and education:
These two important spaces will complement the secure archives project currently underway. The secure archives project will significantly increase our storage capacity for archival materials in a temperature and humidity-controlled space and is funded through a capital infrastructure grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
The expansion of the storage and public spaces for Archives & Special Collections is vital for the Library’s establishment of a Sierra Nevada-Central Valley Archive. If interested in contributing to an endowment for this regional archive, please contact University Librarian Haipeng Li firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding will contribute to purchasing the Four Seasons of Yosemite; four large-scale stained glass murals created by artist Bill Poulson and currently displayed on the Library's 3rd floor. If goal of $100,00 is not met, funds will be directed to the Library's greatest needs.