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Giving to the Art History/Classics Library

How to support the library

Generous supporters of the Art History/Classics Library may designate gifts for either the Fine Arts Collection or the Classics Collection.

The Fine Arts Collection at Berkeley

Comprising approximately 175,000 volumes, this collection is housed in the Doe Library in two locations, the Art History/Classics Library, founded in 1972, and the Main (Gardner) Stacks. The collection complements the current academic curriculum in the Department of History of Art, where faculty specialize in the areas of Chinese, Japanese, American, European, Modern, Ancient Greek and Roman, Medieval, Italian Renaissance, Indian and Southeast Asian art as well as the Art Practice Department, which covers painting, sculpture, photography, and video art. Faculty and students from numerous academic disciplines across campus use the collection and its books, monographs, exhibition catalogues, microform sets, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, and electronic databases.

The Classics Collection at Berkeley

Comprising approximately 80,000 volumes, this collection is housed in the Doe Library in two locations, the Art History/Classics Library and the Main (Gardner) Stacks. The collection supports the research of one of the premier Departments of Classics in the world as well as that of the Program for Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. Together, the department and program make for a unique concentration of scholars studying all aspects of the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean world. Subspecialties range from Bronze Age archaeology to the history of classical philosophy, from the study of Greek inscriptions to the texts of the classical historians and poets. Faculty and students from around the campus and world use the collection of printed books and periodicals along with an ever-increasing number of electronic resources as the foundation of their research.

The different types of gifts to support these important collections are outlined below.

Cash gifts for book purchases

Cash contributions of any amount are welcomed as they will support the purchase of new books supporting the collections.

  • Average price of one book for the Classics Collection is $80.
  • Average price of one book for the Fine Arts Collection is $75.

Book donations

Gifts of out-of-print books or library collections are welcomed. Contact Lynn Cunningham about the materials you wish to donate.

Named endowment

An endowed fund is established in perpetuity and has a continuing impact on creating world-class collections in Fine Arts and Classics.

A named endowment requires a minimum gift of $50,000. The university invests its endowments carefully to achieve a healthy rate of return that provides for both current needs and long-term growth. A book plate will be placed in each book.

All checks should be made payable to the Berkeley Regents/Classics Collection and mailed to:

Art History/Classics Library
308 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720

Make a gift

For more information, please contact the Library Development Office.