About The Library

Giving to the Library

Cal Poly Pomona’s University Library is the dynamic center of campus that serves all students. The library combines digital resources and state-of-the-art technology with traditional holdings. Expert librarians and staff encourage discovery, creativity and collaboration, and expand the knowledge students gain in the classroom. The library offers shared and private spaces for more than 10,000 students each day to enjoy an independent learning environment, to explore information and create their own ideas. Discover how you can enhance our students’ learning experience.


There are many options to match your interest to the library needs and support student success:

  • $500: Adds textbooks for one university course to the library, allowing students to check out books instead of purchasing them
  • $1,000: Purchases laptops and other electronic devices that students can check out
  • $5,000: Helps to fund a one-year subscription to an electronic database, allowing students free 24/7 access to books
  • $10,000: Expands Maker Studio programing to support extended open hours for students
  • Other opportunities: naming rights to enhance physical spaces; endowments to support collections; student scholarships; and funding librarian positions to expand services. 


Maker Studio

An innovative lab open to all Cal Poly Pomona students, the Maker Studio is a place where they can gain hands-on experience with industrystandard creative technology, including 3D printers and scanners, laser and vinyl cutters, and a letterpress. Maker Studio encourages students to collaborate, experiment and develop skills that will prepare them for the future of work. Your gift will support space expansion and additional equipment to provide more access to these advanced technologies.

Bronco Community Zone

The Bronco Community Zone encourages collaborative learning and is staffed by librarians and student assistants providing personalized support on how to access and use the library’s resources, both print and electronic. The center offers a holistic approach to supporting students’ needs to ensure they have the resources and services needed to complete their degree, develop into lifelong learners, and launch their careers. Various activities take place in this area including study groups, tutoring sessions, mini-workshops, student advising and consultations with librarians. Your support will help to expand the program and update equipment.

Affordable Learning Initiative

This initiative provides faculty and students access to affordable, high-quality course materials. The Affordable Learning Initiative (ALI) finds a balance between cost, access and quality of educational content to offset the burdensome expense of costly course materials to students. ALI expands learning options to alternative materials and supports the campus’ efforts on open educational resources. Your gift will provide students free access to course materials, including e-books and full-text databases.

Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives collect, organize, preserve, and make available Cal Poly Pomona's rare books and archival collections. The collections center around themes relevant to the mission of the university and are available for use by all interested users including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general research community. Special Collections and Archives actively acquires new materials on a regular basis in our subject strengths. We house the University Archives, the Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Collection, the Pomona Valley Historical Collection, and the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library. 

Community support for preserving our region's history and our main collecting areas is essential. We welcome financial gifts to support our mission which will be used towards purchasing collections, archival supplies, exhibition cases, digitizing materials, hiring student assistants, and special projects like our planned renovation or to launch our fellowship program.

Giving to Cal Poly Pomona