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Bring Light to A.D. White Library

Raised toward our $30,000 Goal
248 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 07, at 07:59 AM EDT
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AD White Renovation is Finished!

March 08, 2017

Thank you to all of you who helped to make the renovation of the AD White Library possible.  Through the process we have replaced the carpeting. purchased new lamps, purchased new tables, and refurbished the existing study tables.  I have included pictures of the new carpeting, desks and lamps.

Thank you again for your phenomenal support!


"Tis the Season to be Thankful

November 25, 2015

Cornell University Library is thankful to all of you who supported the crowd funding campaign to Bring Light to AD White.  I have attached a couple of photos of the large ornate study table and the stationary study tables that were recently refurbished.  We are grateful for your support to help restore this furniture to its original beauty.  I will send more photo updates when more work is completed.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

--Jennifer Sawyer

Thank you!!

October 07, 2015

We are thrilled with the success of the A.D. White Library crowd funding campaign and we have you to thank.  We exceeded our goal twice and raised a total of $42,100 from 248 donors and with the Library's 1:1 match we reached a grand total of $84,200!  These funds will enable us to replace the carpeting, refurbish the classic furniture, purchase new desks, and add more lighting and electricity.  Thank you so much for participating and for your support of the A.D. White Library.  We  look forward to showing you the newly revitalized A.D. White Library in the near future.  Thank you again!!

Jennifer Sawyer

AD White Library Campaign Surpasses $40,000!

October 01, 2015

Wow!  The AD White Library crowd funding project has surpassed $40,000!  Thank you all for helping this to be the most successful crowd funding campaign in Cornell's history!  We are thrilled with the response we have received from alumni, parents and friends.  As one of the most iconic spaces on Cornell's campus, we are grateful for your support to help us upgrade and beautify this space.  Look for future updates with photos of the Library's upgrades.

Jennifer Sawyer

More Publicity About the AD White Library

September 25, 2015

The AD White Library has recently received more publicity from  Please click on this link to see the article called The Library of Every Book Lover's Dream.


A.D. White Library Crowd Funding Campaign Exceeds Second Goal

September 23, 2015

Wow!  We have exceeded our crowd funding goal for the A.D. White Library campaign a second time by receiving $31,365 from 216 donors! We even still have 13 more days to go in the campaign.  Thank you all for your support of this important initiative.  On behalf of the Library, we are grateful for your participation to help "Bring the Light to AD White"!   I look forward to providing you with updates and photos on our progress as we work to revitalize this historic library.

Thank you again for your support!

Jennifer Sawyer

AD White Library featured in Cornell Daily Sun and Architecture Digest

September 17, 2015

I wanted to share today's Cornell Daily Sun article about the AD White Library campaign.  Here is the link .

The AD White Library was also featured in Architectural Digest as one of “12 Stunning University Libraries

Thank you again for your support!  Please encourage your friends and family to support the campaign too!

Jennifer Sawyer




Exceeded Our Goal, Increasing it to $30,000

September 15, 2015

We are delighted by the response we have received to the Bring Light to AD White Library Campaign.  We have raised more than $17,000 from more than 120 donors in a matter of 5 days.  Thank you so much!  Due to this amazing response, we have decided to increase our goal to $30,000.  This will enable us to further beautify the AD White Library by reupholstering the classic furniture and replacing the tired, old red carpeting.  We want this iconic, historic library to remain a favorite study place for students and a place alumni continue to be proud to show family and friends.  Thank you so much for helping us to exceed our goal!  Below is another wonderful comment from an alumna who spent many hours in AD White:

"The White Library was my most favorite place to study at Cornell.  I had a very heavy academic schedule - I double majored in Government and East Asian Studies, and took 4 years of Chinese.  The White Library was a quiet place to study, that was also near Olin, with some of the research materials that I needed; this was important to me.  But I think the most important things were the beautiful views from the windows, and the general ambiance (even pre-Harry Potter, we got this) .   I lived on North Campus, but often used to eat at the Straight, and then  would stake out an upper level desk at the White Library.  If I did not arrive by 7:00 PM, I had no chance of a spot.  Thank you so much for having this fundraising campaign  I am a HUGE cheerleader for Cornell's libraries.  Please keep me updated about other campaigns, for all of the libraries."  

Ellen Rieser Arts & Sci, 1976     

Stay tuned for more updates as we work our way to $30,000!

Jennifer Sawyer

Getting Closer to our Goal

September 10, 2015

We are excited about the response to this project and are getting closer to reaching our goal of $15K!  To date we have raised $12,815 and are pleased that Cornell's Provost, Michael Kotlikoff has joined the 98 donors who have supported this campaign. Here are some of the comments we have received from our donors:

"How did you know this was my favorite place to study at Cornell? I am so glad to hear that it will be refurbished and updated for today's students." 

Carol Benson Antos '77

"Nice going on this fundraising ask. I'm not sure I've actually ever given to Cornell before, but man did I love that library. I liked that the request was very concrete and made sense. I think this is also the first fundraising ask I've received that I could really relate to personally. "

Kirsten Suhr '98

"I was surprised that I was pulled in by this appeal, but the many happy hours studying here made me donate.  I can remember the smell and the typeface of certain books I read in this space..."

Dr. Sarah Pradt '84

I look forward to adding more updates again soon.

Thank you again!

Jennifer Sawyer



Off To a Great Start

September 08, 2015

I want to thank everyone who has given to this project so far.  We feel very honored that Cornell's President, Beth Garrett, was our first donor.   We have raised $3,501 on our first day!  These gifts will enable us to shed more light on the AD White Library and bring it into the 21st century.  I look forward to providing you with more updates as the project continues.

Jennifer Sawyer

Choose a giving level


Let the Light Shine

A gift of $25 will let the light shine in AD White


Bringing More Light

A gift of $50 will help us to bring more light to AD White.


Custom Lamp Shades

A gift of $85 will purchase custom lampshades for the desk lamps on the main floor. (A total of 6 are needed)


Lamp with Outlet

A gift of $300 will purchase a lamp with an outlet for the small study tables. (A total of 12 are needed)


One Small Study Table

A gift of $500 purchases a small study table for the upper levels in the AD White Library. (A total of 12 are needed)


Large Ornate Study Table

A gift of $1,750 will refinish the large ornate table in the AD White Library.


Stationary Study Tables

A gift of $2,500 will refinish the stationary study tables on the main level. (There are two sets of stationary study tables - $2,500 will refinish one set)