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Collections & Resources

The first collection in the University Library was a gift of about 100 volumes from Georgetown’s third president, Fr. Louis Guillaume Valentin DuBourg, in 1796. For nearly 220 years since that time, our collections have grown to include everything from the rarest of documents to the most intricate of databases. The University Library will continue to invest in print, digital, electronic, data and multimedia resources, both current and historic, for continued excellence in advancing our users’ teaching, learning, and research. Established funds for collections will enable the Library to move with agility to acquire an ancient manuscript, a new electronic resource, or a software package for data visualization.

As critical as the acquisition of scholarly resources is their preservation. Digitizing print items for access is important, and preserving that digital object is mandatory. Because the easy deletion of an electronic record threatens the loss of scholarship, preserving “born-digital” resources is of equal concern. Established funds for preservation in all formats will enable users of today and tomorrow to create new knowledge for the future.


For more information or to explore these gift opportunities, please contact Christian Conant, Director of Development, Midwest and Mission & Ministry, at or 202-687-6916.