Friends of the Libraries

What we do

The Friends play a special role in connecting the University Libraries to the greater community and enriching the campus and community through thought-provoking, entertaining, and intellectually engaging programs.

By joining the Friends of the Libraries, you will:

  • Provide important support to assure that the resources of this great library are extended to promote library outreach and staff development.
  • Continue the Friends’ important role in supporting University Libraries outreach, in creating innovative programs, and in encouraging use and appreciation of its remarkable resources.
  • Benefit all University of Minnesota students and faculty — and people throughout Minnesota who rely on the Libraries for information.

Member benefits

Donor Level and above

Borrowing privileges and unlimited access to electronic journals, magazines, and newspaper subscriptions from public workstations at any Twin Cities campus library.

All members receive:

To join the Friends or to renew your membership, please complete the online form (you will be redirected to the University of Minnesota Foundation’s online giving form). To request borrowing privileges, please specify in the Special Instructions box.

Membership levels

  • Member: $40 (annual donation)
  • Donor: $80 (Libraries borrowing privileges available at this level)
  • Associate: $100
  • Sponsor: $300 and above
  • Special Categories
    • New Graduates: $30
    • UMAA Members: $40 for borrowing privileges

Join or renew your membership now

Interested in serving on the Friends board?

If you are interested in learning more and being considered for the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries Board of Directors, please visit our webpage that explains the purpose, duties, and expectations of the board of directors.