In addition to the great services they provide, libraries are defined by
their collections— the quality, quantity, depth, and breadth of their physical
and digital holdings. The collections at Murphy Library are greatly enhanced by
the generosity of individual donors, the proceeds of the Murphy Library
Endowment Fund, and grant awards from faculty across campus.
Library Book Sales
Not all books that are donated to the library end up in the library’s
collections. However, these books still greatly benefit the library by providing
items for the library book sales. Book sales fund staff training, purchase of library materials,
and add to the library's Endowment Fund. The entire library staff is extremely
grateful for the substantial growth of our collections due to these
Murphy Library benefited from grants that were obtained by faculty members. Tim
Gerber (Biology) and John Jax (Murphy Library) worked together on obtaining
another grant from the Paul Stry Foundation to provide monies for additional
PK-8 STEM material purchases and to keep the annual Teacher Resource Day going.
The Murphy Library Endowment Fund benefits library collections in many ways.
One needs only to browse the various physical collections and note the numerous Endowment
Fund bookplates to see the wealth and breadth of these contributions. In recent years, endowment funds have significantly expanded Curriculum
Center holdings of award-winning materials in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math
and social studies (STEMSS), making these collections even more vital to
partners such as the UW-L School of Education and area schools.
Endowment monies are also used to improve electronic or virtual collections. For
instance, access to the heavily-used periodical, Science, was made possible
with a one-time purchase of the Science Classic Archives, 1880-1996.
Additionally, a word of thanks goes to Marcia Thompson (Art) who obtained School
of Education funding to buy children’s themed art books, which were later given
to the Curriculum Center.
If you have questions about book donations, endowments, or the book sale, please
contact John Jax (5-8567) or Karen Lange (5-8305).