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Since its opening in the early 1800s, OHIO’s University Libraries has grown from a few volumes to over three-million volumes.

Today, we serve thousands of students, faculty, and staff and act as an international resource through our services in the Library and online. We are ranked in the top 100+ research libraries in North America and are a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries.

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Dr. Vernon R. Alden

Dr. Vernon R. Alden, 15th president of Ohio University, once said, “The Library is far more than a collection of books or a building. It is the intellectual heart of the university, a vital element of university life with an essential role in teaching, learning and research.”

As the university continues to grow, Ohio University Libraries strives to continue to be a place that cultivates student and faculty academic success.

When you support the Libraries, you support Ohio University faculty and students reach their full academic potential by aiding them in their teaching, learning and research. You can focus your gift on what you love through our different endowments. Every gift makes a difference.

Ways to Give

By Phone

A simple phone call will connect you directly to an Ohio University Libraries assignee. They will be able to answer questions about designations, areas, or library needs. After the phone call you may choose to mail in your gift or use the online option. For more information, please contact Jonathan Renard at 740-593-0188.


By clicking on the “MAKE A GIFT NOW” button at the top of this web page, you may make a one time or recurring gift to the Libraries. After your information is entered you will see several different areas with the designation “University Library.” This secure, online form is the easiest way to give for most people. You may use your debit card or credit card and rest easy knowing that we protect your information.

By Mail

Neither rain nor snow nor dark of night will hold up your gift by mail! Please make your check out to: Ohio University Foundation. If you wish to designate your gift to a specific endowment or fund, please write in the memo line of your check: Alden Library and (name of endowment/fund). Mail to:

The Ohio University Foundation
P.O. Box 869
Athens, OH 45701

If you have any additional inquiries about supporting OHIO Libraries, please contact Jonathan Renard, Associate Director of Development, at renard@ohio.edu or by phone 740-593-0188.