Leave a Legacy at the Library

Giving opportunities at the OSU Library are as diverse as the students who use the building every day.


The OSU Library serves every student at OSU. Regardless of major, GPA, athletic status or year in their program, each student has access to the same resources, services and facilities. The Library is constantly evolving in an effort to offer students the best and most innovative tools to succeed at OSU and beyond.

Giving opportunities at the OSU Library are as diverse as the students who use the building every day. There are opportunities to support services, equipment, spaces and student employment. Gifts of any amount can have a direct impact on the lives of students.

Paid Library Internships

$5,000 per year funds an intern’s salary. The Library has had an internship program since 2005 and now boasts 21 internships, offering hands-on work experience in a wide range of fields.

Library Student Ambassadors

$10,000 per year funds the program. Ambassadors are the student face of the Library outreach. They increase Library engagement by working at University recruitment events, hosting Library tours and providing event support.

Student Presentation Skill Development

$14,000 per year underwrites the cost of graduate assistants who coach students on presentations and offer guidance on improving speaking skills.

Undergraduate Library Research Award (ULRA)

$8,000 per year funds the awards. ULRA rewards outstanding undergraduate research. Awards are based on the students’ reflection on both the research product and process.

Science Programming in the Library

$5,000 per year supports public presentations on relevant and current scientific research. Presentations are geared to a general audience, including students who previously may not have considered science careers.

Closed Captioning for Library Videos, Digital Signage and Exhibit Area

$5,000 per year funds a video intern to create closed captioning for the Library’s video content used in digital signage and exhibits.

Technology and Makerspace Equipment

Today academic libraries house Makerspaces for hands-on learning. Examples of equipment planned for the Library Makerspace are: • $8,000 for a Glowforge 3D Cutter/Printer with air filter • $7,000 for two Lulzbot Taz 6 3D Printers with extra tool heads and filament • $2,200 for four 3D Scanners (two Makerbot Digitizers and two Systems Senses) • $600 for Oculus Rift Augmented Reality Kit • $200 each for Raspberry Pi 3 Kits

Virtual Reality (VR) Equipment

$2,500 per library. VR allows students in the Architecture Library to virtually walk through computer-built 3D renderings to see details in life size. For students at the Veterinary Health Science Library, VR shows them the entire surgical suite and surgical procedure as if present in the room.

Friends of the OSU Library

Gifts of any size to this fund support services to students. 

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Learn about these giving opportunities and more on our Library page or by contacting Jill Johnson, Senior Director of Development, at 405-385-0733 or jjohnson@osugiving.com.