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About Friends


What is the Library Friends Annual Fund Program?

The Library Friends Annual Fund Program provides crucial dollars to support the Library’s current needs. The 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, and 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.  For more information about the Printers' Marks Society, please visit


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 over 12 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.


Why should I give to the Library Friends?

As the Library adapts to meet new challenges, private support is more important than ever before. The library of today offers innovative methods for teaching, research, and learning, and it provides immediate and easy access to its collections and services. The contributions of Friends help the Library acquire new resources, preserve existing materials, and keep pace with cutting-edge technologies that offer multiple formats and improved access to information.


Join Us!

To join the Library Friends, use our online form, or make your gift payable to "U of I Foundation/Library Annual Fund" and mail it to:

University of Illinois Foundation
P.O. Box 3429
Champaign, IL 61820

Gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. For more information, please contact the Office of Advancement by telephone at at (217) 333-5683 or e-mail


University Library
Office of Advancement
1408 West Gregory Drive, Room 227
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 333-5682 Fax: (217) 244-7201

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