Collection Development funds

Few realize the degree to which the Amherst’s library’s general collections rely upon endowed funds. Without the dozens of funds endowing general collections, we could not purchase many of the books—both print and electronic—on which our students and faculty rely. In fact the library’s regular budget funds only 22% of book purchases: a full 78% come from endowed funds.

Academic publications are not cheap.

Sample book prices:

Dilemmas of European Integration (Oxford University Press): $95
Rome’s Eastern Trade (Routledge): $135

Sample journal prices:

Slavic Review: $242 per year
Chemical Physics: $9,757 per year

Sample database prices:

LexisNexis Academic Universe: $3,180 per year
Historical Abstracts: $10,497 per year

A gift of $100,000 will endow a named fund for purchases in any subject, or in a field of study, region of the world, or other area of interest you specify. Such funds will ensure strong collections well into the future.