Director of University Libraries
Never Better, Never Done
In 2009, thanks to the generosity of Ohio State supporters, the William Oxley Thompson Library was redesigned, reimagined, rebuilt and reborn. The new Thompson Library opened to immediate and overwhelming success. Today it is both the literal and the intellectual center of campus—a collection of people, knowledge, technology, resources, and communication ready to lead the way into the coming decades of a challenging 21st century.
With so much accomplished, it might be easy to believe your support for the University Libraries is no longer needed—that we are “done”—but this is far from the case.
Great libraries like the Thompson Library are never finished. It’s our role to be continually looking ahead to new ways of cultivating knowledge and to each new student who comes through our doors (real or virtual). As long as people are studying, learning, and shaping the future using the resources we provide, we are committed to growing and changing. Thus, the importance of your support never fades.
In addition, there are 16 libraries here at Ohio State, each of which meets specific needs for specific populations. The exceptional Thompson Library is the best-known, but each facility has vital goals and priorities deserving your essential support. But for Ohio State, and the continuing generosity and vision of our alumni and friends, Ohio State’s family of University Libraries would not be able to anticipate and meet those needs. I invite you to join us as we continue this journey through a gift to the But for Ohio State campaign.
Carol Pitts Diedrichs
Director of Libraries