Unrestricted Funds: Unrestricted gifts allow the Library to direct resources to its most critical needs and to seize unexpected opportunities. The majority of gifts are designated for a specific program or purpose, making unrestricted funds particularly valuable.
Facilities: In keeping with the University-wide concern for good environmental stewardship, “Green Library” upgrades have been recommended. These would include upgraded lighting and ceilings, energy-efficient windows, and recycled/recyclable carpet and furniture. These improvements offer donors a variety of opportunities at different levels.
Collections: Endowed and operational funds are needed to preserve and expand the Gumberg Library’s signature collections, including the world-renowned Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center; sheet music and recordings representing every genre from sacred to classical to jazz; and the Maureen Sullivan Curriculum Center, a vital resource for education students, faculty and teachers throughout the region.
In many cases, special collections present difficult acquisition, preservation, restoration and storage issues that are expensive to address. As Duquesne’s Schools pursue international prominence, resources are needed to support their efforts in the humanities and social sciences, natural and environmental sciences, and the healing professions.
Technology: The digital library of the 21st century depends on constantly updated hardware and software. Desktop and laptop computers (especially those used in the Library’s highly popular laptop lending program), servers, networking, printers and programs must be continually refreshed so that students can easily access resources. “Smart classrooms” require multimedia equipment to enhance student success.
Digitization: The Library aggressively seeks to make more of its holdings remotely available to users anywhere at anytime. These include the unique Spiritan Collections as well as items of particular interest to Duquesne students and alumni, such as the Duquesne Duke, yearbooks, archival photos, sports films, and more than a century of the Pittsburgh Catholic. Special high-capacity servers are also needed to store these digitized files. Opportunities range from a few hundred dollars for a single issue to thousands for entire collections.