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Giving to the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library

Monetary Gifts

Financial support is very important to the Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library. Contributions provide funding for expensive resources, specialized equipment, conservation of rare books, exhibits or special projects. Financial gifts may be unrestricted or support a specific library program, service or collection. In addition to cash the Library welcomes securities and other real or tangible property.


Endowment funds may be established with a gift of $50,000 or more to support library collections, programs, projects or positions. These endowed funds provide the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library with an annual income in perpetuity, that ensures our collections and programs remain strong regardless of state or campus budgetary support.

Donors may choose to support specific programs, projects, or library materials in a discipline of the donor's choice. We encourage interested donors to contact us or the Library Development Office to discuss possible endowment opportunities.

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Norma Kobzina Library Fund

Norma Kobzina worked at Berkeley for over thirty years as the library liaison to the College of Natural Resources, building strong ties to faculty and programs across the campus. She was a born teacher, a generous mentor and the Ultimate Librarian. Norma managed to combine breadth and depth of expertise with generosity, openness of mind and curiosity about the world. She has left a lasting legacy for students, faculty, researchers and colleagues, on campus and across the country.

The Library has set up the Norma Kobzina Library Fund to help support the natural sciences collections and services that Norma loved and to which she devoted her professional life.

Make a donation to the Norma Kobzina Library Fund

Until December 1, 2013, your donation will be doubled, thanks to a challenge gift; for every dollar raised, the anonymous donor will contribute two dollars meaning that a $100 gift will become $300. The challenge applies to a total of up to $20,000 in gifts (the donor will contribute a maximum of $40,000). If the total fund reaches $50,000, it will become an endowment fund.

Major Gifts: Significant contributions toward library enhancements are welcomed and could include naming opportunities for improved areas subject to campus approval procedures.

Memorial Gifts: Contributions given in memory or in honor of a person or to mark a special occasion are recognized with a bookplate and family members notified. For a gift of $1,000, a named memorial book fund can be established, and for gifts totaling $50,000 or more, a named memorial library endowment fund can be created.

Matching Gifts: Some firms match their employee's gifts to higher education. Ask your company's Matching Gifts Coordinator, or call 510/642-9377, and we will provide you with a list of companies with matching gift programs.

Planned Gifts and Bequests: You may invest in the Library's future by including it in your estate plans without decreasing assets during your lifetime.

Trusts: A trust can be established to produce income for the donor or others during their lifetimes and ultimately provide future support for the Library. Cal's Gift Planning staff can provide assistance in determining an appropriate arrangement to meet your individual needs.

The Campaign for Berkeley: Gift Planning

Contribute online

Make a donation directly to the Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library:

Library Fund Online Giving Form
Norma Kobzina Library Fund Online Giving Form

Contribute by check

All checks should be made payable to UC Regents and mailed to:

Susan Koskinen
Bioscience and Natural Resources Library
2101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-6500

Donating Books or Journals

Gifts of scholarly and professional materials have historically represented a significant element in the development of our outstanding research collections. We welcome individual gifts of books and journals, due to space and staff limitations, we must be judicious in accepting large contributions. Donors should be aware that the materials offered may be duplicates or outside the scope of the collections. In this case these materials may be sold in the Library's Book Sale and the proceeds used to purchase other materials for the collections.

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