Annual Report
KSL provides the CWRU community with access to world-class research collections, technology-equipped classrooms and meeting spaces and state-of-the-art digital resources. We strive to provide students, faculty and alumni with access to essential information at all hours and around the globe. Much of this though, would not be possible without the philanthropy that ensures our financial sustainability.

Forward Thinking

To maintain KSL’s collections and services, support from donors is crucial. CWRU’s Capital Campaign, Forward Thinking, details a strategy to capitalize on existing strengths to seek more, achieve more and to become a more collaborative, global and high-impact campus. In coordination with this campaign, the University agreed to a stated separate goal for library development of $15 million.

Generous Gifts

KSL has been honored to receive two very significant gifts in recent months, one of which being the single largest commitment in the library’s history. A $5 million gift from an anonymous donor is an unrestricted endowment to support library services and the purchase of library materials. This generous endowment will significantly enhance KSL’s ability to respond to constant changes in information delivery, including the purchase of significant print and electronic resources, expansion of services to faculty and students and continuous enhancement of facilities and technology to advance new collaborative and online styles of learning and research for digital scholarship.

A generous gift from Marian K. Freedman and her family funded an additional $500,000 to the Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Library Endowment fund, conditional on matching gifts from other university contributors. Matching funds were secured, making the total endowment $1 million. With this additional funding, the new Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship has been rededicated with a greatly expanded scope of services and capabilities. Among the ideas under consideration for the Freedman family gift are the appointment of discipline-based specialists and consultative spaces to support faculty and students; acquisition of state-of-the-art hardware, software and database systems; and increased internal grant support for faculty who are engaged in digital scholarship.

For more information about supporting KSL, please contact J. Mark Wipper, Director of Library Development, at 216.368.3510 or

Annual Report

KSL through the seasons.

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