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.

To me, the Library is quite simply the single most important resource of the University. All departments and disciplines, all levels of students, and faculty and staff use its resources. Its resources are also open to scholars from around the world and to all the citizens of Illinois, the nation, and the world. It is a true center of excellence in every meaning of the word. Books have always had an important place in my family. A gift to the University Library just seemed like the most fitting and meaningful way to honor my family.

— Carol A. Berthold

BA, 1964

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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