Library resources are essential for the quality of education at Oberlin. They ensure that the intense teaching, learning, research, and artistic environment that has long characterized the college can be maintained. While tangible materials such as printed books and musical scores are and will remain important, the acquisition of electronic resources in virtually all formats (journals, books, sound recordings, and images) is increasingly critical.
Oberlin faculty explore research questions at the cutting edge of their disciplines. Oberlin students, known for their curiosity and intellectual engagement, delve into advanced questions, often working alongside faculty as research partners. Oberlin’s curriculum is dynamic, evolving as new courses and curricular areas are developed to address emerging areas of knowledge and faculty and student interest. The expansive and changing nature of the college’s academic life, coupled with increasing costs of materials such as scientific journals, continually stretch the library’s resources.
The library seeks $1 million in both endowed and current use funds to acquire new resources in all fields, with a special focus on newer curricular areas such as Peace and Conflict Studies, Cinema Studies, and Middle East and North Africa Studies. The acquisition of selected electronic research collections, especially those with primary sources, will support the college’s new emphasis on senior capstone experiences. Named endowed funds for library resources begin at the $25,000 level.