From Dickens to Irving to Huxley to Adams to King to Kingsolver to Coelho, books are entering the UMass Lowell Honors Library each week as donors participate in the Honors Buy a Book Campaign. For each $50 donated to the Honors Scholarship Endowment Fund, a book is recommended by an Honor Student. The honors program then acquires the book and also vaults $75 into the endowment fund due to a 50% match program that will end this June. "Time is of the essence if we are to take full advantage of the match program", said Dr. Jim Canning, director of the UMass Lowell Honors Program.
Both the student and the donor will have their names placed on a book plate that is affixed to the inside front cover of the book. In this way, students can leave their name in the Honors Library forever. Donors may request a dedication or a memorial as well.
Students are free to take the books out of the library anytime they wish, including breaks and summer vacation. "We have now hit the 50 book mark, and we hope to acquire 1,000 books in total. That is an ambitious, but worthy goal. It can be done if everybody pitches in." Depending upon the size of the donation, donors can name entire book collections or have their names engraved on a plaque mounted on a wall of the library.
If you are interested in making a donation email: James_Canning@uml.edu or you can go to the UMass Lowell Advancement website and select Honors in the pull down menu.