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Innovation Connects with Ideas at W&M Libraries

By University Advancement Staff

The For the Bold campaign helped facilitate new spaces and programs within William & Mary Libraries. Photo by Stephen Allen

As technology changes the world at ever-increasing rates, some of the university’s most innovative transitions are happening at William & Mary Libraries. Cherished for decades as foundational to our thriving university community, the libraries continue to link people with ideas in dynamic, forward-looking ways.

“One of the most interesting things people do in a library is create,” says Carrie Cooper, dean of university libraries. “Our goal is to remove the barriers for success and give our students the tools and resources they need to develop 21st-century skills.”

Not surprisingly, that vision for success increasingly includes incorporating different types of spaces for technology and other innovative ways to approach learning. During the For the Bold campaign, more than $22 million in support helped facilitate many new innovative spaces and programs within William & Mary Libraries. 

This focus on cutting-edge resources hasn’t gone unnoticed. In August, Princeton Review ranked William & Mary Libraries as No. 8 on its list of best college libraries.

“Private support makes all the difference in allowing us to be innovative,” Cooper says. “It’s not hard to imagine the important role the library will to play as we continue to reimagine and prepare for the scholarship that will lead to transformative opportunities and discoveries for the entire William & Mary community.”