About Library Friends

Anyone who makes a gift to the University Library is a Library Friend—today, there are nearly 3,000.

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 14 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

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.

The Library is part of the essential fabric of university life; an investment in its future advances student success and knowledge creation, and information access and justice for the citizens of our state and beyond.”
—Claire Stewart
Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

By the numbers

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