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Briggs Library Wish List

Wish List

There are many ways to contribute to the success of the library!  Here are some items Briggs Library would like to add to its collection.

If you are interested in donating to the library, please call 605-688-5107 or email

  • Sports programs of SDSU athletic events from any period of time. Our current collection is a random assortment of programs.
  • Funds to purchase student artwork to be displayed in the library.
  • $50 for umbrellas that students can check out on days when they may be caught in the rain.
  • $100 for noise cancelling wireless headphones for students to use.
  • $100 for A Little Norsk, a rare 1892 first edition book based in South Dakota.
  • $150 for The Song of the Indian Wars, a rare 1925 first edition epic poem about the leaders and events of the Indian Wars.
  • $160 for The "War Scrap Book" of Matilda Joslyn Gage: Witness to Rebellion, a contextualized collection of Civil War newspaper clippings.
  • $200 for shipping costs for the National Library of Medicine's Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature traveling exhibit in Fall 2020.
  • $200 for Finals Week Study Break food and drink supplies for students.
  • $250 for six portable battery packs for students to charge devices throughout the library.
  • $275 for a 3’ x 4’ mobile whiteboard for students to use and move to various study spaces with ease. The library would like to add multiple mobile whiteboards.
  • $295 for Great Events from History: African American History, a 3-volume set that studies a wide variety of historical and contemporary events.
  • $400 for Origins of the Cold War: A digital archival collection with documents that examine the historical conflict between the Soviet Union and the U.S., and the world events that served to influence relations between the two world powers.
  • $440 for U.S. Military Activities and Civil Rights: The Little Rock Integration Crisis, 1957-1958:A digital archival collection with documents that relate to the events in the fall of 1957 when nine African-American high school students sought an education at the Little Rock Central High School. 
  • $500 for technical equipment to digitize audiovisual materials in the Archives.
  • $750 for a mobile device charging station for patron usage. The station charges up to 8 devices at a time.
  • $850 for a one-year subscription to Access to Memory, the new content management system for Archives.
  • $1,500 for Ben Reifel Papers digitization of 49 reel-to-reel audio recordings that currently are not easily accessible.
  • $2,340 for the online Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, Elsevier, 2017, that contains articles requested by faculty.
  • $15,000 for the Encyclopedia of Modernism, an electronic interdisciplinary reference work.


Thank you to library donors for recent gifts to support the following Wish List items.

  • Funds for active study area equipment that allow students to do light exercise while studying.
  • Short-throw projector to improve the classroom experience in the Archives department.
  • Funds for student assistants to digitize materials in the Edgar McFadden and N.E. Hansen collections.
  • External Blu-ray drives for students to checkout.
  • Reel-to-reel player with a 1-7/8 ips (inches per second) speed setting, which is best suited for staff when they listen to recorded speeches.
  • Funds for Nursing Mothers Room improvements that will include a rocking chair, room décor, and supplies.
  • Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian, 21st Ed. 2016, an information sourcebook/directory of Native North Americans, Alaska Native groups, and Canadian First Nations.
  • Funds for student help to assist in photographing and creating metadata for artifacts in the Sen. Thomas A. Daschle Career Papers Collection.
  • Preservation boxes that will hold the rare 1850s newspaper collection of The Dakota Friend.
  • Funds for a Harry Potter traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine for costs associated with shipping and a related program.
  • VCRs of high quality that will allow for the digitization of VHS tapes.
  • Funds for scholarships awarded to student assistant library workers.