Support the Tomorrow Fund (General Support)
At the heart of our library is servicing curiosity. Today, servicing curiosity is retrieving a book 9,000 miles away from another library across the world. Or installing software in our data labs so students may code or perform qualitative data analysis. Or teaching students how to use our 3D printers and laser cutters.
The reality is our unrestricted endowments only allow us to spend $15K a year on cutting-edge projects and services. $15K is a small fraction of what our peers have at their disposal.
The Tomorrow Fund allows us to take on projects that position the next generation of trailblazing Longhorns for greatness. Help ensure the Longhorns stepping through our libraries will be outfitted to tackle world problems, build industries, win Nobel Prizes and give congratulatory speeches for Pulitzers and Oscars—just like the Longhorns before them.
Support the Castañeda Diversity Alliance Pilot Residency Program
The challenge we face in libraries is instilling a passion for librarianship among individuals from underrepresented groups. To be the pre-eminent service provider to service a Tier 1 research university, it is our duty to recruit an aspiring librarian from an underrepresented group to harness their diverse perspectives to enhance our services. The talent is out there but it may not be immediately evident to them. Help bring them to the Forty Acres.
The first year residency program will consist of a rotation to identify an area of interest in libraries. The second year will allow the professional to work within the specific area of interest of their choosing.
Support the Robert Charles Witt and Laura Gutierrez-Witt Library Fund for Latin America
Founded in 1921, the Benson Latin American Collection is arguably the best collection of its kind; the premier repository in the world documenting the history and culture of Latin America from the 1500s to present day.
The caliber of this collection does not go unnoticed by competing institutions. The Benson is a deciding factor for recruiting world renowned faculty and the best and brightest students to the Forty Acres.
Yet, despite the prestigious reputation, there are enormous gaps in our holdings that are necessary for understanding the society, politics and culture of Latin America. We need your help to fill them in. We need your help to focus on what we do best and what we are world famous for—collecting.
Support an endowment that ensures the Benson continues collecting far into the future. Help ensure that we continue to collect handwritten accounts from prominent political and intellectual figures, beautifully drawn maps, splendid rare books and engravings, and manuscripts that enable scholars to shed light on history.
With our affiliates across Latin America and on the Forty Acres, in 2021 the Benson will celebrate 100 years of being the intellectual infrastructure of Latin America.