About Library Friends

Libfriends-orng-trns-600The Library Friends group was established in the 1972-73 academic year when 347 charter members donated $12,175. Today, the Friends organization is nearly 3,000 strong.

Everyone on this planet has been touched by innovation from Illinois. For 150 years, the University Library has been an important partner with the University in generating knowledge. The Library is at the core of the intellectual life or our faculty and students. They, and countless others worldwide, rely on it to meet the demands of education and research in the 21st century.

— Robert J. Jones

Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Why support the University Library?

The Library is essential to the intellectual vitality of the University and attracts talented students, faculty, and scholars to the Urbana-Champaign campus. With more than 13 million volumes, it is one of the world’s great research libraries and renowned for the depth and breadth of its collections. The Library is central to the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service, and it is the one campus unit that serves all academic disciplines.

The Library Friends Annual Fund Program

The Annual Fund Program provides crucial dollars to support the Library’s current needs. Within the past few years, gifts to the Annual Fund have averaged over $600,000 per year. The Printers’ Marks Society was established to celebrate and honor our Library Friends whose contributions have met and exceeded certain milestone levels.

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