UC San Diego Library Changemaker

Audrey Geisel Writes a New Chapter for UC San Diego’s Geisel Library with $3 Million Gift

When Audrey Geisel first laid eyes on the space-age building that is now called Geisel Library at UC San Diego, she was enamored with its iconic design and scholarly mission. A philanthropist, literacy advocate and longtime supporter of the university, Geisel donated $3 million toward the renovation of the campus’s flagship structure in 2015. The building was named in honor of Audrey and her late husband, Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, in 1995 in recognition of a major gift from Audrey Geisel

“Decades later, I am delighted with the impact the Library has had on countless students, researchers, and scholars, as well as on San Diego,” said Geisel. “It gives me great joy to help ensure that Geisel Library will continue to attract and fuel students, scholars, and community members who are passionate about learning.”

The gift kicked off a major initiative to transform and revitalize the interior public spaces of Geisel Library to meet the evolving needs of students, faculty and other users in the digital age. The current use gift will ensure that Geisel Library continues to function as a vital and innovative facility that enables our talented students, faculty and staff to excel.


Audrey Geisel