Naming Opportunities

Collection, Service, and Scholarship Endowments

An endowment is a permanent gift, “a gift that keeps growing.” Distribution from an endowment supports the area for which it was established. The principal remains intact and only a percentage of the earned income is used annually by the University Libraries. Endowments begin at $25,000 and donors may make a single gift or build an endowed fund over time.

Donors can establish endowments to support a collection in a specific subject or service area, or to support the University Libraries’ funding priorities. Endowments can be named after their donors or the ones they wish to honor.

Endowments established by generous supporters of the University Libraries include:

  • Audrey A. Duncan and John H. Fisher Library Endowment for the Humanities
  • Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library Endowment
  • Great Smoky Mountains Endowment
  • Kenwill Inc. Cartographic Information Center Endowment
  • Red and Theresa Howse and Jim and Betty Papageorge Library Scholarship Endowment

Naming a space in Hodges Library

John C. Hodges Library has many spaces that are available to be named for donors or those they wish to honor. There are a variety of unnamed spaces — small ones like group study rooms and larger ones, including the recently opened Graduate Commons, The Studio, and our new e-sports facility and digital classroom. Spaces can be named for donations beginning at $50,000.

Elaine Altman Evans Exhibit Area

These library spaces have already been named by generous donors:

  • The Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives
  • Elaine Altman Evans Exhibit Area
  • The Mary Greer Room
  • The Paul M. and Marion T. Miles Reading Room
  • Mitchell-Jarrett Commons South
  • Morgan Commons North
  • The Rotary Club of Knoxville Group Study Room
  • Dixie Marie Wooten Commons West
  • Lindsay Young Auditorium

For more information, please contact:

606 John C. Hodges Library
1015 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996

(865) 974-0037 (office)
(865) 974-4259 (fax)

Donor Spotlight: Bunker and Treva Medbery

The upcoming Medbery Makerspace in Hodges Library will provide students access to the tools they need to succeed.