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J.W. (Bill) & Barbara Turner Library Endowment

Bill & barbara Turner Library Material Endowment Plate

Story originally ran in FY2006 Annual Report

The foundation of a great university is a great library with strong collections that are expansive and layered. Bill and Barbara Turner of Houston are helping to strengthen the Library’s collection with a recent gift establishing a named endowment.

Bill graduated from OAMC in 1950 with a BS in general business, and the Turners’ endowment will purchase library materials supporting the OSU Spears School of Business.

"When I was in college, I worked at the Library," said Bill. "They had received some maps from the government and these had to be separated and classified. The project lasted a couple months, but when we finished they kept me on in the documents department. I appreciated the help at the time, and now I want to help the Library in return."

Endowments are an essential part of the Library’s long term funding strategy. Funds are invested and earn interest in perpetuity. Each year, a percentage of the interest is used to purchase materials; the remainder is reinvested so the endowment can continue to grow.

Named endowments are established with a minimum contribution of $10,000 and must be fully funded within 5 years. Items purchased with endowment funds are recognized with a customized bookplate and a note in the online OSU Library Catalog.

For more information about named endowments, contact the Library Dean's Office at 405-744-6321.

Give to this Endowment

Some Local Resources:

View the items in the J.W. (Bill) & Barbara Turner Library Endowment

View items held in the OSU Libraries about business


For more information on giving to the Library contact the Tylerr Ropp, Senior Director of Development, at or 405-385-5664.