Campaign for Appalachian

Campaign Priorities

Thanks to the library’s many generous donors, much progress has been made towards funding the library’s various priorities in the Campaign for Appalachian, especially in the areas of student employee scholarships, the new health sciences library, and the University Librarian’s Fund for Excellence. Following are the areas that are on the current priority list.

Distinguished Professorships

Goal: $1,000,000 for professorships in the Music Library and in the area of children and reading.

The Music Librarian Distinguished Professor will be a bibliographic expert and will teach classes in the Hayes School of Music. The Distinguished Professorship for Children and Reading will strengthen the Instructional Materials Center as a model school library.


Health Sciences Library and Information Commons

Goal: $400,000.

A gift of $25,000 will name the library for the new College of Health Sciences and endowment opportunities are available to support the purchase of resources for specific areas of study.


General Library Collections

Goal: $2.75 million.

Collections for which endowed funds are needed include Judaic, Holocaust and peace studies; entrepreneurship; sustainability; world focus; Appalachian writers; Appalachian trains; stock car racing; and book conservation.


Children’s Literature Symposium

Goal: $450,000.

This event will bring a major author or illustrator to campus every other year to raise awareness of children’s literature in the region through special programming for young students and public libraries. The symposium will also facilitate meaningful collaboration among students, faculty, and educators. Several naming opportunities are available.


Library Student Employee Scholarship Endowment

Goal: $500,000

This endowment will provide scholarship aid for students who work in the library. There are currently more than 130 students who perform numerous essential tasks, and many of them struggle to remain in school. To date, 24 scholarships have been awarded through current gifts, and an endowment will allow the program to continue in perpetuity.

 Mary Reichel with 2012 scholarship winners

Pictured: Dean of Libraries Mary Reichel with the 2012 winners of library student employee scholarships.

Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library

Goal: $100,000

The Friends of the Library annual fund sponsors cultural and intellectual programs for the campus, as well as the community. The fund also enhances library resources by adding important materials to the library’s collection that otherwise might not be funded. More information.


Named Rooms

About 25 rooms are available for naming in Belk Library and Information Commons, ranging from $10,000 to $75,000.  Donors may place these funds in a library endowment of their choice. If the amount contributed is $25,000 or above, the donor may choose to create a named endowment for the library.


Please contact:

Director of Development
Belk Library and Information Commons
Appalachian State University
218 College Street Boone, NC  28608
(828) 262-7622
or contact us now.