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Key Initiatives

To support CMU Libraries' key initiatives, go to the online giving form and search for the Friends of the Libraries or the fund associated with specific initiatives described below. Give Now!


Journals & Books Scholarly Journals and Books 

Your gift to the Library Acquisitionsfund or to the Honor with Booksprogram expands the Libraries' ability to provide the very best, most up-to-date scholarly resources for CMU students and faculty. Material costs vary by format and subject, from an average of $75 for a physical book to $125 for an e-book, from $500 for an annual subscription to a humanities journal, to $5,500 for an annual subscription to an online chemistry or physics journal.

Library Student Employment ScholarshipJournals & Books
Your gift to the Library Student Employee Scholarship fund provides tuition assistance that allows students to work part-time while attending college full-time. Students who work on campus are more likely to complete their degree than those who work off campus. Student employees gain important skills that prepare them for their future career. It costs approximately $150 per week to employ one student employee, and the Libraries employs 100 students during a typical semester. 

Your gift to the Friends of the Libraries fund supports a variety of projects including: 

Furniture Replacement & RepairFurniture Replacement and Repair
Keep the Library looking like new! During the past eighteen years, thousands of students and countless hours of use have worn the furniture in the Park Library. The condition and comfort level of the library furnishings directly impacts CMU students' who study for extended periods of time at the library.   

Sustaining uo-to-date TechnologySustaining Technology

to maintain. Help us provide CMU students and faculty access to the best technology to support learning and research. Technology costs vary from $1,600 for a new laptop to $5,000 for new public printers. 


Cultural ExposureExhibits and Programs
Enable the Libraries to host quality speakers, artists, and traveling exhibits, creating a dynamic atmosphere for cultural diversity and engaged learning. 


Clarke Historical Library 
List one of the Key Initiatives below in the comments section of the online donation form to further direct your gift to the Clarke Historical Library - Gi​ve Now!

Michigan HistoryMichigan History

Support one of the key missions of the Clarke Historical Library by enabling us to collect and preserve books, documents, manuscripts, and periodicals relating to the cultural, industrial, and natural history of Michigan. 




CMU ArchiveCMU Archives 
From official records, to the social and cultural activities that help to define the CMU experience, a gift in support of the University Archives will enable the Clarke to document and preserve the rich history of Central Michigan University. 



CondorCMU Digital Collections  
CMU's Digital Collections are accessible to the public providing access to the CMU Archives, CMLife Archives, CMU yearbooks, Michigan Digital Newspaper collection, and more. A gift in support of CMU's Digital Collections will enable further digitization of Clarke collections and help to cover the costs associated maintaining the digital collections.  

Microfilming

Microfilming and Digitizing of Michigan Newspapers
Your gift to the Newspaper Microfilming Program supports one of the key missions of the Clarke Historical Library by enabling us to collect and preserve books, documents, manuscripts, and periodicals relating to the cultural, industrial, and natural history of Michigan.  


Children's Literature Collection

Children's Literature Collection
Enable the Clarke to continue growing its exemplary collection of children's books, an important resource for CMU students and scholars in children's literature. The collection includes books from various cultures and time periods and documents beloved authors and illustrators. 



Hemingway in Michigan
Hemingway in Michigan
The Clarke Historical Library is acknowledged internationally as the premier location for researching Hemingway's Michigan connections.  Enable the future collection, preservation and outreach activities relating to the influence of northern Michigan on Hemingway, and the place of Michigan in Hemingway's works. 




Angling Collection
Angling Collection
The Clarke Historical Library's collection of books, manuscripts, periodicals and ephemera relating to angling continues to grow in depth and significance, highlighting the history of tourism, outdoor recreation, and natural history in Michigan. Your gift to the Robert E. and Cordelia B. Korhman Angling Endowment will advance the future collection, preservation, and outreach activities associated with the Clarke's Angling Collection.


For more information regarding any of these  specific funding needs, contact:

CMU Libraries, Dean's Office

(989) 774-3500 – kristi.wood@cmich.edu

Park Library 407, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859