Loyola is seeking partners to update and beautify the physical spaces that house our Special Collections, the library department responsible for collecting, maintaining, and preserving the University’s archives, rare books, photographs, manuscripts, oral histories, and other valuable items essential for research, teaching, and the preservation of Loyola’s heritage.
Please consider participating in this campaign by taking advantage of a naming opportunity. Named spaces allow donors to stay engaged in the life of the university.
Special Collections of Loyola University Chicago $500,000
The lead gift of the campaign is $1,000,000. A donation at this level will allow the naming of the Special Collections department, recognizing the honoree in signage, web presence, letterhead, and conversation. The physical signage for this gift would be displayed at the entrance to Special Collections on the second floor of Cudahy Library.
Rare Book Reading Room $300,000
The Rare Book Reading Room will feature attractively designed bookcases, reading tables and chairs, and a pictorial display alcove. This room will showcase some of the more valued pieces of Loyola’s growing collection of rare books. The name of this special room will be displayed on the door of the room itself, just inside the entrance to the Special Collections.
Director’s Office $100,000
The Director’s Office will be a large, attractive room adjacent to the Reading Room. The primary workspace for the Director, it will reflect the décor of the area as a whole. The name of this workspace will be displayed on the office door.
Display Alcove $50,000
On the far wall of the Rare Books Reading Room will be an attractive nook where rotating works of art and rare materials will be on display, e.g. 19th century British caricature, works by Edward Gorey, rare photographs, and historic institutional documents. The name will be attractively displayed inside the alcove.
The walls on each side of the reading room will contain beautiful bookcases where some of our most highly valued volumes will be on display. On the west side of the room, these bookcases will surround the display alcove.
Tables $10,000 (claimed)
Inside the reading room will be two large tables, providing researchers with ample room to carry out their work in a quiet and productive environment. A naming plaque will be tastefully placed on the side of each table.
Four chairs will surround each table. Donors will be honored with a naming plaque stylishly placed on the upper rear of each chair.
Donor Recognition Plaque $1,000+
A plaque recognizing all gifts of $1,000 or more to the renovation will be placed in the hallway just outside of the Reading Room. This plaque will list and categorize all donations to the Special Collections, beginning with the $1,000,000 gift and concluding with gifts of $1,000.