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Support the Library on 1842 Day!

Tomorrow is 1842 Day, and Falvey invites alumni, students, faculty, staff, as well as friends, family, and supporters to join the fun by supporting the Library!

We will be celebrating on our social channels and in-person on the first floor of Falvey, so stop by! You might even win a prize!

Located at the heart of main campus, Falvey Library is the interdisciplinary academic center of the Villanova University community. Students, faculty, and staff visit Falvey over half a million times each year. Whether to discuss research with a librarian, attend a book talk with an accomplished author, or find a quiet place to write or study, a visit to the Library is an essential part of a student’s life at Villanova.

Gifts to the Library on 1842 Day over the past six years have helped enhance and impact many areas of the Library, and students and faculty benefit for generations to come. Past donations were used to purchase public health materials and preservation supplies for rare materials.

“Falvey Library connects so many aspects of Villanova’s past and present,” says Millicent Gaskell, University Librarian. “It is an intellectual hub on campus for students from every college. It is where treasures from the University’s history and collective memories are stored and preserved. And with the support from 1842 donors, we will continue to elevate our services and programs.”

Make your gift now!


On 1842 Day, Declare Your Falvey Fandom

By Shawn Proctor



Today is 1842 Day, Villanova’s annual day of giving, the 24-hour event that celebrates the people and programs that are making a difference at Villanova and beyond. While there are so many departments that make the University a special place, we hope Villanovans will take this opportunity to make a gift to Falvey Memorial Library this 1842 Day.

Your gift of any amount will go even further this 1842 Day—University Librarian Millicent Gaskell has announced she will match donations to the Library up to $1842!

“A gift to the Library is a gift to the whole University,” Gaskell says. “Those gifts have a lasting impact.”

The 1842 donations will continue to support and preserve the Library’s distinctive collections, including University Archives and rare materials, aiding students and faculty for years to come.

Typically, the Library receives more than half a million visitors. While this year is anything but typical, Jeehyun “Jee” Davis, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Stewardship, says Falvey’s staff have found ways to keep providing services and support throughout the spring and fall semesters. “It is so important for our students and faculty to have access to Falvey’s online and physical collections. That’s why I am so proud of our successful and safe reopening.”

Funds from 2019 allowed the University to purchase equipment and supplies used in the University Archives and Special Collections to clean and maintain valuable materials and books.

Villanova will feature a livestream broadcast highlighting all that makes the University great. Tune in at and catch featured segments on Facebook @VillanovaU. This year, our livestream coverage will feature hosts Keith Jones ’07, Lauren Dugan ’16, and Darryl “D.Rey” Reynolds ’17.

We hope you will support Falvey and help us continue to make a difference. Every gift, of any amount, makes a difference.


Shawn Proctor  Shawn Proctor is a Communication and Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Last Modified: September 22, 2020

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