Supporting the AU Library helps:
- Fund innovative renovations, such as the Graduate Research Center, to accommodate students' changing needs and update facilities to house our growing collections and the latest technology.
- Enhance the Library's physical and electronic collections to support student learning in AU's nationally recognized academic programs.
- Maintain and expand the services provided by Library staff for AU students and faculty to facilitate the pursuit of academic excellence.
- Acquire and conserve special collections of rare books, manuscripts and other items that spark imagination, provide unique research opportunities, and align with AU's strategic scholarly strengths. These irreplaceable holdings currently include the Spinks collection of rare Japanese materials, the Martin arithmetic textbook collection, archives of the National Peace Corps Association, theatre playbills, and numerous other collections.
- Expand the capabilities of the online catalog, ALADIN, with its links to the collections of the eight-member Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC).
- Support professional development for Library personnel to meet the changing needs of AU's vibrant academic community.
The annual report serves as American University Library's main development piece. For maximum effectiveness, it fulfills two roles:
1) a celebration of the previous year's accomplishments and
2) a vehicle to highlight a unique aspect of the Library's special collections.