The University Record, April 5, 1999

U Library receives $1.1 million gift

By Kerry Colligan

The University Library recently accepted a $1.1 million gift to preserve, add to and increase access to the Library's research collections.

The Raymund and Elizabeth Cassidy Endowed Book Fund was created by the couple's gift last November for "collection development supporting research and teaching beyond the regularly budgeted acquisitions," according to the endowment.

William A. Gosling, director of the University Library, said the fund was created with some flexibility, but is intended to support primarily the collections in humanities and social sciences.

"Clearly, these are people associated with the University--Raymund is a 1924 graduate--who determined the library is a critical part of the education community," Gosling said. "It is an important and generous gift to the Library. It represents a public acknowledgment of the value of the Library to the mission of this institution. The Cassidy gift will create a permanent and lasting legacy that will benefit generations to come."

Gosling expects to use income from the fund to acquire and preserve monographs and to put some existing works into electronic format to increase access.