Parents Enrichment Fund Helps Library Improvements
Each year, the University of Wisconsin Foundation organizes an effort to support the Parents Enrichment Fund. The mission of the UW Foundation, the fundraising arm of UW–Madison, is to engage those who care about the university and welcome ways to support teaching, research, and outreach programs.
Since 1989, more than 125,000 parents have contributed a total of $6.2 million to the Parents Enrichment Fund. In recent years, the funds were used to:
- Provide new chairs for group-study and quiet-study areas, extend weekday hours, and create the Open Book Café at College Library, one of the campus’s most popular libraries.
- Add a lecture facility in Memorial Library with wireless Internet connections.
- Provide reserve copies of high-use textbooks.
- Create an information commons in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
- Create attractive reading areas for three heavily used collections.
- Add more study space and a computer lab to Steenbock Library.
- Purchase several laptops that students may check out through the library.
Students who work at the UW Foundation will be calling parents soon to discuss this important effort. These students are a great resource for connecting with campus, and they will enjoy talking with you about current events, your son or daughter, and the Parents Enrichment Fund–Libraries.