MacOdrum Library Collections Fund

The rundown

Update: For the last 2 years we have been reaching out to parents of Carleton students specifically, to help us raise $100,000. To date, parents have given more than $126,000 and we are very grateful for their generosity.  We will thank our parent donors by naming a room in MacOdrum Library in their honour.

MacOdrum Library is used by every Carleton student, in every program. It provides the resources our students need for their area of study, the space to learn and the staff to help. We are always updating our collection, to make sure we can provide current, reliable, relevant resources to support and expand student learning.


In addition to the purchases and subscriptions our budget allows, we depend on gifts to add more, new, current resources.

We are guided by department needs to build a collections ‘wishlist’ and identify priority acquisitions. Our current acquisition priorities are:

The W.B. Yeats Collection – $2249

“This database includes the complete works of Yeats, one of the most important and studied poets of the English language, available in fully cross-searchable format.  W.B. Yeats was one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. His works are included in all major anthologies of poetry and are widely studied in schools and universities. This database is the first complete electronic edition of Yeats’s work, and places his poetry in the context of his other writings. It brings together 22 printed volumes and includes critical and fictional prose, poetry, plays, and autobiographical works”

History of Feminism – $10,225

“History of Feminism is an exciting new online platform that brings together the best and most relevant scholarship from Taylor & Francis. This resource covers the fascinating subject of feminism over the long nineteenth century (1776–1928). It contains an extensive range of primary and secondary resources, including full books, selected chapters, and journal articles, as well as new thematic essays, and subject introductions on its structural themes.”

 Geoscience World Ebooks – $3500-$5000 per collection

“A comprehensive resource of eBooks for researchers in the Earth Sciences”

Multi-disciplinary Journal Archives ($5,000-$15,000)

Perpetual access to scholarly journals are important for not only today’s students and faculty, but to guarantee access for tomorrow’s researchers as well.   Many journals are currently leased through subscription but there are also opportunities to purchase archival collections outright.  Major publishers such as Springer, Taylor and Francis, Sage, and Wiley offer back-files that span business, public affairs, the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and engineering.   By donating to this fundraising objective, you will be able to help the Library purchase some of these collections in perpetuity.



We’ve reached out to parents, specifically, to help us raise $100,000 over the next 3 years, because MacOdrum Library is such an important part of their child’s Carleton education. When we reach our $100,000 fundraising goal, we will thank our parent donors by naming a room in MacOdrum Library in their honour.

You don’t have to be a Carleton parent to support MacOdrum! Our ‘wishlist’ is constantly changing as we discover new publications, on-line collections, research materials etc. relevant to our programs of study. Every gift we receive goes toward resources that will serve students enrolled throughout diverse disciplines.


MacOdrum Library helps every student at Carleton get his or her degree and find meaningful work. Having crucial, up-to-date, rich resources at their fingertips is essential for our students to acquire a superior education, and use that education to bring good into the world.


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