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University Libraries

About the University Libraries 

The Ball State University Libraries is working harder than ever to serve our students, faculty, and community in a safe environment. From an increase in virtual instruction and research consultations to safe handling of circulating print and physical collections, we are meeting learners and researchers wherever they are to provide transformative information resources and experiences. 

Over the past year University Libraries has brought awareness to Open Educational Resources and library services and resources as a part of the textbook affordability at Ball State (TABS) program in order to assist in lowering the cost of attending the University. We have also been offering monthly virtual events as a part of the Virtual Lunch and Learn Series in which library services and resources are highlighted in conjunction with campus partners, faculty, and students showing the real impact that University Libraries is having on our students’ educational journeys. In our continuing commitment to inclusive excellence, the Friends of Bracken Library have been instrumental in the Reel Inclusion film series which provides a forum for discussion and collaboration regarding social and human rights topics.

The Libraries is a place for everyone, and we appreciate your support as we continue welcoming our campus community to access and use our resources, spaces, technologies, and expertise to advance their learning journey.

How Your Donation Helps 

In 2024, Ball State University Libraries will contribute funds raised on One Ball State Day to the ongoing improvement of library spaces and resources to accommodate our students’ rapidly-evolving academic needs.

The University Libraries is continually developing state-of-the-art collaborative learning environments with access to dynamic scholarly resources and digital tools and technologies where students engage with innovative librarians and experts to research, learn, exchange ideas, communicate academically, and publish scholarship.  

Your support will help Ball State University Libraries continue to develop spaces that are accessible, sustainable, and equipped to advance the work of our diverse, ambitious, and innovative campus community. 

Thank you for your support and consideration. Your contributions are an important part of our continued success!

Pop it, Snap it, Share it! Benny Cutout Social Media Challenge
Faculty, staff, and student social media challenge! Share a photo of your Benny Cutout to show a window into your Ball State world. Be sure to stamp your post with #OneBallState. Two random participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
Morning Leaderboard
The three departments/units/teams with the most donors by 10 a.m. receives $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $3,000 Theatre & Dance 125
2 $2,000 Indiana Academy 79
3 $1,000 Communication Studies 66
4 Football 65
5 Student Scholarships 61
Evening Donor Leaderboard
The five areas with the most donors between 8-10 p.m. will each receive $1,000 in challenge dollars.
Rank Prize Unit Raised
1 $1,000 Indiana Academy $8,142.54
2 $1,000 Cardinal Excellence Fund $7,140.00
3 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $6,951.80
4 $1,000 Honors College $6,129.18
5 $1,000 Department of Architecture $6,025.00
Mentor Social Media Challenge
It’s all about who you know, and who you help! Share a story about an impactful Ball State mentor or mentee experience to X (Twitter). One participant will get to donate $500 to their favorite area. Stamp your post with #OneBallState and tag @BSUFoundation or @BallStateAlumni ❤️
Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Gifts from all 50 states will unlock $2,500 from the Alumni Council to Ball States greatest needs.
One Ball State Day Video Social Media Challenge
Share any of the One Ball State Day videos on Facebook, X (Twitter), or Instagram Stories using #OneBallState for a chance to earn extra challenge dollars. Two participants will get to donate $500 to their favorite area. Tag @BSUFoundation or @BallStateAlumni ❤️
University Libraries Challenge
If University Libraries reaches a total of 25 gifts on OBSD we will provide a gift of $325 to the Library Endowment Fund.
25 / 25 Gifts
Foundation Employee Giving Challenge
100% participation of Foundation employees unlocks $500 from Foundation and BSUAA President Jean Crosby.
First Student, Employee, Parent, and Alumni Challenge
First Alumni: Bill Jenkins, Theatre & Dance First Employee: Debra Roberts, Teachers College First Parent: Scott Fuller, Gymnastics First Student: Jayden Gillam, Christian Student Foundation
Brunch Leaderboard
The five areas that raise the most money from 10 a.m. - Noon each receive $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Raised
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $9,882.80
2 $1,000 Football $8,032.54
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy $6,463.36
4 $1,000 Men's Golf $4,685.00
5 $1,000 Men's Tennis $4,360.00
Donor Leaderboard
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Unit Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 456
2 $1,000 Indiana Academy 325
3 $1,000 Football 273
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 199
5 $1,000 Soccer 163
1,918th Donor
The 1,918th donor will win an additional $500 to designate to the area they gave to.
LinkedIn Social Challenge
Share a One Ball State Day post on LinkedIn on April 3rd for a chance to designate $1,000 to your favorite Ball State area! Use #OneBallState and tag the Ball State Foundation!
Top 100 Student Challenges
The top two students from the Top 100 Student Awards designate $1,000 to the fund of their choice.
EPM Employee Giving Challenge
VP for Enrollment Planning and Management Paula Luff, will match dollars raised from EPM employees, up to $500, to the Jack Beyerl Student Emergency Aid Fund.
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