Librarian leaves behind $4M donation to college

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The University of New Hampshire just got a very generous $4 million gift from an alum. (Courtesy of University of New Hampshire)

The University of New Hampshire just got a very generous $4 million gift from an alum.

That doesn't seem like very big news until you find out that alum spent his career - almost 50 years - working there as the librarian.

Robert Morin was a librarian who lived humbly, saved every penny and gave it all back to his alma mater-turned-employer when he died.

Morin passed away at 77 years old. He worked in the library as a cataloguer and had a deep love for the school.

In fact, he was such a lover of the bounded written word that he read every book published in the U.S. between 1930 and 1940 in chronological order with some exceptions. The school estimates that by the time he died last year at the age of 77, he had read 1,938 books.

According to the university's website, the school plans to use the money to spruce up the library, of course, and for scholarships in his name.

"He was an very active part of the library, very active part of the campus, so we are trying to create some memories of him and his much appreciated gifts," Tara Lynn Fulton, Dean of the University Library at UNH, said.

School officials said that the $4 million was pretty much his whole life savings that he earned there at the school.

ABC News contributed to this report.
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