About the library funds

Murphy Library Funds Making a Difference

Donations to the Murphy Library help support exceptional resources and services that contribute to a level of greatness that defines UWL. The endowment fund pledges excellence, which is shared by donors that believe the library is central to the teaching and researching mission of the university.

Your gift, no matter how small, supports every student and faculty member and helps develop collections, spaces, services, and programs. Our impact helps the entire university. Thank you for supporting the Murphy Library in its work!

Support the Endowment Fund

The library has identified five major categories for endowment support: collection development, equipment, programming, development, and facility & environmental needs. The endowment fund is a pledge of excellence shared by donors who believe that the library is a central part of the teaching and research mission of the university and an important educational and business resource in the community.

Support the Florence Wing Fund

The Florence Wing Fund is named after Florence Sherwood Wing, the first librarian on campus at the La Crosse State Normal School in 1909. This fund, managed by Murphy Library and administered by the UWL Foundation, was developed to complement the existing Murphy Library Endowment Fund. It provides a less-restricted mechanism for awarding and distributing support for programs, services, and activities such as:

  • Enhancement and development of librarianship through research, seminars, conferences, and professional development.

  • Promotions and/or events such as guest speakers and lecturers, including a series thereof, field trips, equipment, and related expenses.

  • Enhancement or improvement to the Murphy Library facilities, physical spaces, or technology.

  • Creation and awarding of student assistantships or scholarships (criteria and application process shall be specified by a committee).

  • Development of activities and materials that advance and grow the Murphy Library funds.

  • Other purposes.

La Crosse in the Postcard History Series compiled by Laura Godden and Paul Beck is available for purchase.  

La Crosse in Light and Shadow: A Pictorial Recollection of La Crosse, Wisconsin edited by Douglas Connell and Edwin Hill is available for purchase.

Michael Blaser art work A painting commissioned for the endowment. The original is in Special Collections.

Endowment Fund Growth ChartThe library endowment has been steadily growing since its creation(click for larger image).

Gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law as applied to the circumstances of each donor. The endowment fund is managed by the Library Department's Endowment & Recognition Committee. The Florence Wing Fund is managed by the library director. Both funds are administered by the UWL Foundation