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Library campaign surpasses $1 million in donations

June 20, 2012 : By Drew Menard/Liberty University News Service

The Jerry Falwell Library Campaign, formally launched in April, has received over $1 million in donations to help fund the first building at Liberty University to be named for its founder.

The four-story, 170,000-square-foot library is Liberty’s largest investment in any one structure to date and is the frontrunner of the university’s five-year campus transformation plan. It is scheduled for completion in late 2013.

Staff members from Liberty's Marketing Department talk about opportunities to give to the Jerry Falwell Library Campaign during summer orientation last week.

The library will serve as the academic heart of Liberty with innovative technology and bountiful resources all provided in a casual, trendy environment offering the latest amenities.

Donors have been giving generously to the campaign, which offers anyone an opportunity to contribute to the project through commemorative bricks, naming opportunities, or private donations.

With several naming opportunities for various areas and landmarks of the library, like a newly created lake, grand entrance hall, four-story book tower, automated book retrieval system, and other high-profile spaces, faithful donors have been able to leave a lasting legacy on Liberty’s soon-to-be most prolific structure. Already over $900,000 has been pledged or given in naming opportunities. Read about these opportunities and view pictures and descriptions online.

Likewise, individuals are able to etch their names in Liberty history through commemorative bricks, which are available in three different sizes and can be custom engraved to record the achievements and gratitude of those whose lives have been touched by the university. The bricks will line the walkways at prominent entrances to the library, as a constant testament to the impact Liberty is having on current students, alumni, family, friends, and supporters all over the world. More than 970 bricks have already been sold. Bricks can be ordered online.

The Class of 2012 made the library part of its class gift at Commencement, raising over $14,000. In all, the Class of 2012 has donated $24,500. Other alumni classes are following suit in the Class Giving Competition (view updated totals on the campaign website).


  • Learn more about the Jerry Falwell Library, give, and follow the construction’s progress via time-lapse camera on the campaign website. You can also read more about the project in the latest issue of the Liberty Journal.

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