African Studies collections at UC Berkeley are one of the strongest in the United States, totalling over 200,000 volumes. The collections support research throughout the campus, as anchored by the affiliated faculty and programming from the Center for African Studies. Your support will insure this fine collection continues to grow and support African Studies scholarship on campus and the world over.
The following types of gifts are available:
Cash Gifts for Book Purchases
Cash contributions of any amount are welcomed as they will support the purchase of new books supporting the African Studies.
Gifts of scholarly materials and the results of research have historically represented a significant element in the development of Berkeley's outstanding research collections. We welcome individual gifts, but due to space and staff limitations, we must be judicious in accepting large contributions. Donations of recently published books are welcomed. New book purchases will be checked to ensure titles aren’t already on order.
Please contact Dirk Kennedy to discuss your donation of books.
Memorial and Honorific Gifts
Contributions given in memory or in honor of a person are welcomed. For a gift of $1,000 or more, a named memorial book fund can be established. A special book plate will be created and placed in each book.
An endowed fund is established in perpetuity and has a continuing impact on creating a strong African Studies collection. A named endowment requires a minimum gift of $50,000. The donor may specify an area of interest, e.g., African history, arts, etc. The University invests its endowments carefully to achieve a healthy rate of return that provides for both current needs and long-term growth. A special book plate will be placed in each book.
Donations can be made online using the Library Fund Online Gift Form and by designating that your gift is for the African Studies Collection at the bottom of the form.
Contribute By Mail
All checks should be made payable to the UC Regents (specify it is for the African Studies Collection) and mailed to:
Interim Librarian for Africana Collections
438 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000