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King Library

Before Miami University had a campus, it had the start of a library.

While the role of the Miami University Libraries has evolved throughout the university’s history, the Libraries have maintained a central presence in Miami’s student experience, spanning academic disciplines and generations of committed, hard-working students.

Whether in pursuit of academic excellence in the classroom, a research passion that goes beyond the classroom, or simply a place of peace and reflection, Miami’s students still find a welcoming and supportive community in the Miami University Libraries. Your giving advances that tradition, ensuring students have access to the knowledge, resources, spaces and personalized guidance that contribute directly to their academic and life success.

While a number of funds generously support and enhance the Miami University Libraries, we encourage you to consider four priority areas:

The Dean’s Fund – This unrestricted fund creates the flexibility for the Dean and University Librarian to ensure the University Libraries are responsive in anticipating and meeting the needs of students and faculty.

Technology Support—From technology basics that not all students can afford, like iPads and laptop computers, to advanced technologies, like cutting-edges computer laboratories, recording studios and 3D printing, the Miami University Libraries are a campus leader in offering access to the technologies students need to thrive in a digital world.

The Textbook Initiative—According to a recent College Board report, today’s students spend approximately $1,200 a year on textbooks and supplies. Today’s Miami University Libraries, offer access to more than 500 textbooks from Miami’s most popular courses, ensuring students can complete textbook assignments regardless of their ability to afford a textbook.

Special Collections & Archival Collections—From rare Shakespeare folios to accounts of early settlers and the Cradle of Coaches collection, the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and university archival collections—encompassing the histories of Miami University, Western College and Oxford College—serve as an invaluable laboratory for the humanities at Miami University. Donor support grows, preserves and promotes these treasured collections that awe and inspire our students.

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For more information, please contact:

Michael KumlerMichael Kumler '97
Director of Development



Illuminant & 2016 Annual Report

From the Dean and University Librarian
Milestones offer moments of pause, during which we are able to look back upon the paths we have traveled and ahead toward the future we will choose.

King Library era began with historic “Book Brigade”
Before King Library could open its doors, or even really be called a library, there was the question of moving 35,000 books in a single weekend.

The Next 50: Libraries enter master planning phase
As its flagship library celebrates 50 years, the Miami University Libraries are shaping a vision for the future.

Friends of the Libraries: Dr. David A. Hill ’62
Dr. David Hill recognizes the indelible impression that libraries have left on his life, and he believes passionately in their ability to shape the future.

An eye on our students: Libraries student leaders reflect
Three founding members of the Libraries Student Advisory Council reflect on their experiences serving and using the Miami Libraries.

King 50 Reflections
From love stories to lifelong friendships formed to lessons learned about discipline and hard work, alumni share their King Library reflections.

Inaugural Libraries research award winner reflects
In 2016, the University Libraries presented the first Libraries Award for Undergraduate Excellence to Mahaley Evans ’16.

The Libraries Today: By the numbers
The definition of a library has certainly changed in the 50 years since King Library first opened its doors, and that story is best told through the ways patrons use the Miami University Libraries and the items they most check out.

Libraries contribute to Miami Merger tradition
Love in the Stacks: Libraries contribute to Miami Merger tradition

Updates from around the University Libraries
Updates from around the University Libraries

A King 50th celebration in pictures
On Nov. 18, 2016, the Miami family came together to celebrate King Library.

Libraries set new standards in #MoveInMiami 2016
Libraries hope to carry day of giving momentum into #MoveInMiami 2017, Aug. 24.