Doing what it takes can mean different things for different students. For some, it’s providing a safe space and comfortable chair in which to study 24-hours a day. For others, it’s access to specialized software and technology to complete their research or passion project. To meet these and many other needs, the libraries depend on the voluntary library gift, a $50 student donation each semester.
Although there will be some changes to the voluntary library gift beginning in Fall 2018, made in response to student feedback, there will remain an opportunity to “opt-in” to philanthropically support the services and spaces of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation on each semester’s tuition bill. While some students are aware of the voluntary library gift, many never consider that their gifts may be responsible for purchasing their favorite study chair, paying the student staff who keep the building open for their overnight study sessions, or funding the panel discussions they attended. The voluntary library gift program began in 1988 and was created to demonstrate student support for the libraries.