The University Library
Beloved and ever-evolving, the University Library has drawn a range of gifts, including a $2.5M pledge for revisioning and renovation from the Shebik family (Steven E., ’78 BUS, ’78 BUS, and Megan M. Shebik, ’80 LAS). The planned Archives and Special Collections facility inspired a gift of $500,000 for a reading room from Richard, ’73 LAS, and Conna Oram, ’72 LAS, and $1M for an exhibition space from Jim, ’66 BUS, MS ’69 BUS, and Lionelle Elsesser, ’66 LAS, MS ’67 BUS. The Elsessers also donated $775,000 for the acquisition of Fields of Fire, an early 18th century book about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and a manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton; these volumes are housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which also received an archive that chronicles daily Jewish life in the Midwest. Other contributions include funds for upgrades to the Communications Library, the dedication of printer’s mark windows in the Reading Room, and support for the Classics Library and research in Greek and Roman antiquity.