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Dear Alumni and Friends,

As dean of University Libraries, I am keenly aware and proud of the many roles our libraries play. From supporting learning and research to archiving the university’s illustrious history to preparing us for future innovations and discoveries, our University Libraries remains dedicated and ready to serve our students and faculty.

But I want you to know that you, our alumni and friends, have made this all possible. You have built the steps that we climb, written the articles and books that we study, named our buildings and roads, and made the discoveries of which we proudly brag.  Thank you for your ongoing commitment to all that is Kent State University.

As I look forward today, I am honored to count on your continued support to help us advance our priorities, chief among them being to put students first in all that we do. Our innovative study spaces, books and articles, expert librarians and engaging events all aim to support and advance the success of our students. Many of whom, if we remain committed, will have unforgettable memories of Kent State University and our libraries, just as you do. I know I’ll never forget Kent State.

I am honored to serve as your dean and look forward to working together with you to ensure our great students have unforgettable memories of success at Kent State University.

Sincere regards,

Kenneth J. Burhanna
Dean and Professor
Kent State University Libraries

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As Kent State University strives to build a community of change agents whose collective commitment to learning sparks epic thinking, meaningful voice and invaluable outcomes to better our society, University Libraries is focused on the following key priorities:

Student Scholarship Fund – Every dollar counts for our students. Our scholarships assist students and their families in covering their educational expenses, helping them to stay enrolled and progress to graduation. Since 2014, we have awarded more than 25 scholarships. Learn more about the Student Scholarship Fund.

University Libraries’ Capital Fund – Gifts made in support of the libraries’ capital needs will help us continue to enhance and transform our facilities to better serve 21st century learners and researchers. An iconic 12th floor reading room and new Special Collections and Archives Research Center are two leading priorities for future capital projects.

Collection Development Fund – This fund helps our libraries battle inflation and maintain our high standard of excellence in collection building. Every dollar donated helps our students, scholars and researchers access world-class information and resources.

University Libraries Special Collections Fund – Donations to this fund support the mission of Special Collections & Archives, including acquiring rare and unique materials, outreach and instructional programs that allow students to interact with historical and primary sources.

Digital Initiatives Fund – Contributions to this fund support the digitization of historical publications, rare materials and unique resources, providing free, online access to researchers and patrons around the world. Recent digital projects have included the May 4, 1970 Kent State Shootings, the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps and the Daily Kent Stater. Browse University Libraries' Digital Collections.

LaunchNET Student Fellows – Student fellows are the heart and soul of LaunchNET, supporting their fellow student innovators, while learning first-hand the nuances of being an entrepreneur. Each fellow works 10-12 hours per week, gaining valuable work experience and building their entrepreneurial network.

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Select any of the links below to learn more about the most common options for giving to Kent State University:

Cash, Checks, Credit Card

The easiest way to donate; contributions can be sent via check to the Kent State Foundation office, or you can make a credit card donation online.


The Kent State Foundation accepts appreciated securities, which may offer a larger tax benefit than a cash gift.

Real Estate

Gifts of long-term, appreciated real estate usually offer an immediate tax benefit.

Gift Planning

Bequests present a way to leave a legacy after your lifetime. You may also establish a trust or annuity that can provide income to you or a loved one while benefiting the university. Our advisers can help you determine the best options.

Payroll Deduction

Employees of Kent State University can make their contributions through automatic deductions from their paychecks.

Employer Matching Program

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name below.

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