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Giving to the Libraries

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Support the Libraries

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Wright State University Libraries. Your gift benefits Wright State students in every area of study by providing the best tools available to help them succeed: books, journals, databases, personal reference help, computers, study space, multimedia instruction, and more.

Please select a fund that interests you from the list below, and you will be directed to the online giving page to make your secure credit card gift to Wright State University.

Thank you for continuing to make Wright State University Libraries a valuable resource for all.

For more information about giving to the Libraries, please contact:

Wright State University Libraries
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  • Provides funding for improvements to Special Collections & Archives' facility.
  • Join the Friends of Libraries to support the University Libraries' collections and programs. Please visit for information about Friends of the Libraries membership levels.
  • This fund is for any support of the University Libraries.
  • Supports the acquisition, processing, and preservation of Special Collections & Archives' materials.


  • Earnings from this endowment shall be used at the discretion of the University Libraries Collection Development staff to purchase books (either print or e-book formats) that will enhance the collection of academic materials representing the areas of greatest need.
  • Earnings from this endowment shall be used to support the Dayton Holocaust Collection which includes materials about the Holocaust, modern genocides, racism, and bullies/bullying as well as books fro the scholarly student and the K-12 classroom; curriculum guides; and non-print items such as films, audiobooks, and kits
  • Enrich University Libraries collections with a Legacy Book or other library material; ideal for honoring a loved one, outstanding colleague or major life event.
  • Earnings from this endowment are used to purchase British contemporary fiction for the Wright State University Libraries collections, with emphasis on titles that received literary prizes.
  • This fund is for the support and expansion of services at the Wright State University Libraries
  • Used to support the preservation of and access to the Wallace Family Papers related collections pertaining to the communities of Medway, Bethel Township, Clark County, and nearby counties in Ohio.


  • LSAA are awarded biannually to Library Student Assistants who have worked a minimum of one semester and a record of outstanding library service.

Book Support Funds

The Book Support Fund is a larger program for donors to establish honorary funds for the purchase of multiple books within the donor's designated subject guidelines. These funds are separate from the Legacy Book Program by providing a wider selection of books in a chosen subject area and offers the potential to bolster the Libraries' Collection Development program. Creating a Book Support Fund commemorates your interests or those of a loved one on a one-time or continuing basis. You may determine how broad you wish to make your collection and also invite other people to contribute toward your fund.

Each book contains a bookplate inside its front cover and a digital bookplate permanently linking to the online catalog record for titles acquired through the generosity of the Libraries' donors.

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Fredrick L. Hess

Initiated in 2005 by Mrs. Virginia Krause Hess for the purchase of books in art and sculpture. Mrs. Hess is a renowned Dayton sculptor and artist who joined the Wright State University Friends of the Libraries' Board of Directors in 2002 and has been a valued friend to the University Libraries. Additional contributions to this fund have been made since 2006 in memory of Mr. Fredrick L. Hess, an equally valued friend to the University Libraries and to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

Books purchased by the Hess Book Fund

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Philip George Munro

Established in March 2008, the Philip George Munro Book Support Fund was established by a Wright State faculty member in memory of her father—a lifelong reader and book lover—to benefit the Wright State Department of English Language and Literatures. Proceeds from the endowed fund are used to purchase British contemporary fiction which is made a permanent part of the Libraries collections. Emphasis is placed on titles that received literary prizes, such as The Man Booker, Costa, and Orange Prizes, and well-reviewed works from the New York Times' Literary Supplement and The Guardian/Observer book review. Title suggestions are also accepted from the Department of English Language and Literatures' faculty and the University Libraries' staff.

Books purchased by the Philip George Munro Book Endowment

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Carl F. and Ellen Reinsch Friese

Established in 2016, the Carl F. and Ellen Reinsch Friese book support fund was established to purchase books that enhance the collection in the academic areas of greatest need. Carl and Ellen share a love for education, nature, and libraries. A long-term employee of Wright State, Ellen joined the Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors in 2007 and served two terms as its president. Over the years, Carl and Ellen have supported many University Libraries initiatives and created this book support fund as a legacy for generations to come. Books purchased by the Carl F. and Ellen Reinsch Friese Book Endowment

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Loretta M. Schaechterle

Established in April 2010 in memory of Mrs. Loretta M. Schaechterle to purchase books and multimedia materials about women in the United States. Mrs. Schaechterle was a lifelong learner with a love for reading, and books purchased through this fund help to provide an understanding of women's lives in the United States, with a focus on the 20th century.

Books purchased by the Loretta M. Schaechterle Book Fund

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Top Scholars

The Top Scholars program began in 1995 through collaboration between the Wright State Parents Association and the Friends of the Libraries to recognize the top graduating senior from each of Wright State's colleges and the Lake Campus. This annual contribution from the Parents Association has been added to the Book Support Fund program.

Books purchased by the Top Scholars Fund

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Katie Marie Winner

Established in June 2006 by Mr. Larry J. and Diane M. Winner in memory of their daughter, Katie Marie, for the purchase of books in poetry and English. Katie was a Wright State Libraries student assistant from 2001 until her untimely death in 2005. Her family hosted the first "Butterfly Book Benefit" in her hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, on April 29, 2006. Proceeds from this benefit were donated to the Auglaize County Public Library and to the University Libraries, from which this Book Support Fund was created.

Books purchased by the Winner Fund