Today, our Libraries lay claim to more than 3.2 million books and journals and an expanding network of 225 electronic databases. Here, our faculty and staff of experts, supported by more than 100 student employees, deliver an array of critical services: research assistance, instruction on research skills, resource-sharing to connect users to materials from outside Binghamton, and digital scholarship and preservation, which actively advance teaching and learning and help ensure the ongoing and growing accessibility of our research collections.
Your Support Creates the Libraries of the Future
Spark Discovery for a Changing World
- Digital humanities, a hotbed at the intersection of library science and the digital revolution. The digital humanities encompass projects that apply technology to generate insights and conduct research in new ways not previously imaginable. For example, computer programs can analyze word choices in all the works of a classical author, or sort geographical references within hours — leading to brand-new scholarship.
- The future Binghamton Digital Scholarship Center, to be located on the third floor of Bartle will connect the campus with resources and spaces to support technology-driven collaborations and presentations. The Center is being piloted right now in the Science Library, including a recording studio added in spring 2021, which allows our campus community to create original audio and video content. All of this work requires specialized technologies for scanning, digital analysis, computers for computational work, and specialized software not found elsewhere on campus.
- Enabling Resource Discovery is a key component to the development of library collections. Specifically, dynamic and interactive permanent collections like the McKiernan Interviews and the Oral Histories from Binghamton ‘60s Alumni from The Center for the Study of the 1960s’ collection, and the University and Faculty Archives, which house audio and image files, require web enhancements and transcriptions to maintain their full research potential. Achieving excellence in electronic accessibility is critical to the vitality of both born digital and print collections.
Ensure an Exceptional Education for Every Student
- Conduct audits of our collections and human resource practices and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training program to actively work toward becoming a fully anti-racist organization.
- Create an Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility to identify areas for growth, and promote services, collections, technologies and spaces to support the success of students and faculty.
- (HIP) High Impact Practices are structured educational activities offered outside of the traditional classroom setting that enhance student learning and increase post-graduation success. Campus data shows that first-generation, transfer, and financially-challenged students are the least likely to get a HIP opportunity but, those students are most likely to seek out employment on campus. The Libraries employ approximately 120 students every semester; both graduates and undergraduates work up to 20 hours a week while maintaining a full-time course load.
The Exceptional Made Possible
- Building Collections requires resources that complement and enrich our existing rare book and manuscript
- The Special Collections stacks in Bartle Library require: Updates to environmental controls, lighting and security systems suitable for the world-class collections it holds, museum-quality exhibit cases, stands and lighting for on-site exhibition programming and tours
- Special Collections learning spaces should reflect the status of our collections: Create an adjacent Interactive Learning Space equipped for group sessions
- Building Unique Collections requires resources that complement and enrich our existing rare book and manuscript
collections. Top priorities include:
- Archival and printed resources that will provide opportunities for faculty and student research and will diversify our collections by adding voices currently underrepresented in our holdings
- Teaching examples of papermaking, printing and bookbinding materials to be used in courses on book history and related topics
- Professional digitization of manuscript Books of Hours and La Crocetta music manuscript to promote broader study of these unique materials
- Sustainability — a key Binghamton priority reflected throughout our campus environment and curriculum.
Academically, Libraries support the master’s degree program in sustainable communities
and the Smart Energy and Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence.
You can advance this work with gifts to:
- Provide additional sustainability resources for teaching and research to foster greater investment in this University-wide priority.
- Further develop programming that supports biodiversity, empowering local gardeners, and contributing to healthy diets.
- Expand sustainability-related programming for faculty and students to deepen engagement between Binghamton Libraries and the community.
- Building Collections requires resources that complement and enrich our existing rare book and manuscript collections.
Make a Gift
Wonderful things happen when alumni and friends support the Libraries. Consider making your cash gift to the Libraries today.
Match a Gift
Many employers have a matching gift program that multiplies the gifts their employees make to institutions of higher education. Given through a matching gift program, your gift can double or triple the impact.
Other Ways to Give
You can also include a charitable gift in your overall estate and financial plans. This type of planned giving lets you support Binghamton University far into the future while also giving you tax and other benefits.
Endowments provide support in perpetuity for resources, scholarships, programs, or professorships. These named giving opportunities will benefit any number of library functions and projects, from collections to preservation to instruction.
Selected collections of books or other materials may be named for benefactors who contribute significant financial gifts for the preservation of the collection.
Stocks and Securities
These gifts can be donated via registered mail, electronic transfer or in person.
Gifts in Kind
The Libraries' Special Collections department accepts donations of unique books and materials. For more information, visit our Gifts in Kind page.
Honor with Books
Make a gift that conveys your commitment to excellence in learning, teaching and research for years to come by providing cash support directly to the acquisition of resources.