The University of Maryland Libraries support all academic disciplines and fosters cross-disciplinary research that leads to new knowledge. The Libraries will transition from more than books, buildings and independent study to an epicenter where information, inspiration and intrigue connect in a supportive and collaborative environment to develop Fearless Ideas.
Scholarships & Student Awards
The Office of Undergraduate Studies will provide scholarships and student awards through the campaign, including:
More than 5,000 people visit McKeldin Library each day. This traffic, and the anticipated increase in the coming years, requires an overhaul to the current space. In addition to upgrading quiet, independent study areas, we will renovate and retrofit specific floors to create an environment that embraces conversation and teamwork.
The Libraries will create an electronic press, helping our faculty bypass traditional publishers and realizing a new paradigm in which scholarship and teaching materials are available openly and freely on the Internet.
Terrapin Learning Commons
The Terrapin Learning Commons, a popular collaborative workspace in McKeldin Library, will expand across campus with specific focus areas—the Research Learning lab, The Science Learning Lab and the Performing Arts Learning Lab—that will be technology rich, inspirational and aspirational.
Digitizing UMD’s Collections
The Libraries will create programming around and digitize UMD’s collections of unique, archival and rare materials to expand access and support research, teaching and learning in areas such as broadcasting and mass media, occupation studies and labor studies.
The University Libraries is committed to attracting the most talented and diverse students to College Park, regardless of their ability to pay for a higher education. The University Libraries Campaign will provide endowed commitments to provide graduate assistant and fellowship support.
The University Libraries will develop an endowment that will provide for the purchase of textbooks to allow students access to textbooks and materials through a reserve program. Funds from this endowment will support staffing to implement this initiative as well.
As a means to encourage scholarly work and accessibility of our special collection, an endowment will be created to provide scholarship awards for visiting scholars.