Milner Library
A gift to Milner directly supports all students

Thousands of students use Milner Library each day. They rely on us for resources, instruction, and support as well as for accessible, comfortable places to study, learn, and collaborate. Milner also works hard to keep pace with the technology needs of our students with printing, copying, scanning, and our MakeIt@Milner maker resources such as 3-D printing. Additionally, Special Collections and University Archives work hard to preserve history and rare items so that our students have hands on experience with these unique resources, learning to use them in their research.


Designs are nearing completion for our Student Success Center on floor one. Slated to open in 2021, this space will serve as a highly interactive, service-focused, and technology rich campus hub for learning, research, and technology. Your gift to the Student Success Center will help Milner Library and campus partners create an innovative and collaborative center focused on student support and development.


Milner Library is committed to continuing the forward-thinking, proud tradition of service our namesake established. In honor of the university’s first librarian Ange V. Milner, we established a special campaign-only recognition called Ange’s Keepers for donors who give at least $1,000 during the Redbirds Rising campaign. Those who donate $1,000 or more between July 2013 and June 2020, will become a member of Ange’s Keepers and recognized in a permanent display in the library.


With your help, we can continue to be progressive so that Milner Library can continue to be an excellent resource for Illinois State University students, faculty, and staff for years to come.

Launch Challenge
Thank you to the first 500 donors who unlocked $100,000 to kick off Birds Give Back! Don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they match your gift!
500 / 500 Gifts
Campus Community Challenge
Professor Emeritus Tom Eimermann will make a $2,500 gift to the University when our first 100 faculty, staff, and retirees make a gift today during Birds Give Back.
100 / 100 Gifts
Students can unlock $2,000 for Pay It Forward!
A group of Redbird alumni wants to see current students get involved during Birds Give Back. Paul Koch, Eric Miner, Jay Jochums and Nate Webb will unlock $2,000 for the Pay It Forward Scholarship when students have combined to give $2,000 during Birds Give Back!
$2,000 / $2,000 Raised
Record-Breaker Challenge
Foundation Board member and Redbird supporters, Jack and Kim North challenge us to set a record for largest number of gifts in a single day during Birds Give Back. Help us reach 1,735 gifts to surpass the record set during 2019 Birds Give Back and $500,000 will be unlocked for our Birds Give Back totals!
1,735 / 1,735 Gifts
Momentum Challenge
Thank you to the 500 donors who unlocked $75,000 to keep momentum strong during Birds Give Back!
500 / 500 Gifts
Lamonica Campus Community Momentum Challenge
Tom and Claire Lamonica challenge faculty, staff, and retirees to get their giving on during Birds Give Back! They will add $25,000 to our giving day totals to create The Claire and Tom Lamonica Outstanding Teaching Award when we have 200 more faculty, staff, or retirees make a gift today!
200 / 200 Gifts
Lamonica Campus Community Final Push
Tom and Claire Lamonica are so impressed by the Redbird employee and retiree philanthropic spirit on giving day they have decided they will unlock an additional $5,000 to our giving day totals when another 50 employees or retirees make a gift before Birds Give Back ends at midnight tonight! There’s never been a better time to rise up and be counted!
50 / 50 Gifts
Participation by area
Which participating group will receive the most gifts during Birds Give Back? Support your passion and help your area climb the leaderboard!
Rank Area of Support Gifts
1 Athletics 262
2 Communication 178
3 Scholarship Rising 148
4 Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning 120
5 Student Affairs Funds 83
6 Big Red Marching Machine 82
7 WGLT 62
8 Accounting 52
9 Career Closet 52
10 Family and Consumer Sciences 49
11 College of Business Excellence Fund 48
12 Illinois Shakespeare Festival 47
13 LGBTQIA Support Fund 46
14 U-High 45
15 Student Success and Excellence 44
16 School of Teaching and Learning 43
17 Special Education 41
18 Areté Greek Leadership 41
19 Student Engagement Fund 39
20 School of Theatre and Dance 37
21 Horticulture Center 34
22 Wonsook Kim CFA General Fund 29
23 Milner Library 29
24 Health Sciences 28
25 History 28
26 Black Colleagues Association Scholarship 27
27 Metcalf 27
28 Gamma Phi Circus 26
29 Alumni Association Scholarship 25
30 Ewing Cultural Center 25
31 Politics and Government 24
32 Finance, Insurance, and Law 23
33 Support MCN Student Scholarships 22
34 Agriculture 22
35 Marketing 21
36 Friends of the Arts 21
37 Kinesiology and Recreation 21
38 College of Arts and Sciences Funds 20
39 Pay it Forward Business Scholarship 20
40 School of Music 20
41 Information Technology 19
42 Arts Technology Program 19
43 Biological Sciences 18
44 College of Education Excellence 18
45 Support MCN Strategic Initiatives 17
46 Educational Administration & Foundations 17
47 CAST Student Persistence Fund 16
48 Technology 15
49 Communication Sciences and Disorders 15
50 Criminal Justice Sciences 14
51 Geography, Geology and the Environment 13
52 English 13
53 Wonsook Kim School of Art 13
54 Mathematics 12
55 Social Work 11
56 Psychology 11
57 Chemistry 9
58 Physics 9
59 Management and Quantitative Methods 9
60 Military Science - ROTC 8
61 Economics 8
62 Latinx Alumni Network Scholarship 8
63 University Police 7
64 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 7
65 Leadership Rising 7
66 The Graduate School 7
67 University Galleries 6
68 International Business 6
69 Sociology and Anthropology 5
70 Innovation Rising 5
71 Women's and Gender Studies 5
72 Latin American and Latino/a Studies 3
73 Philosophy 2
74 Marian H. Dean Legacy Scholarship 1
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