Friends of the Libraries

Join the FriendsIn all of the outstanding universities — and for the libraries that provide the foundations of their intellectual vitality — the difference between adequacy and excellence lies in resources that have been added by private donors. The Friends of the University Libraries play a special role in linking 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. Your annual membership will help continue the Friends’ important role in supporting University Libraries outreach, in creating innovative programs, and in encouraging use and appreciation of its remarkable resources. All University of Minnesota students and faculty will benefit from your support, as will people throughout Minnesota who rely on the Libraries for information.

U Libraries one of state’s greatest intellectual assets

The University of Minnesota Libraries are among the University’s and the state’s greatest intellectual assets. The University Libraries lend more than 200,000 items each year to other libraries in Minnesota and across the United States and serve thousands of people who are unaffiliated with the University.

On a typical day, more than 11,000 individuals use the Twin Cities campus libraries. Libraries staff answer approximately 3,300 requests for information each day, while thousands of students sign up for library tours or orientation sessions throughout the year.

Friends of the Libraries are advocates for advancing the University Libraries and for strengthening the Libraries as the vital center in scholarly life at the University of Minnesota. Friends of the Libraries have an enthusiasm for books and learning as well as an appreciation for the Libraries’ importance to the University.

How we support the Libraries

Friends support the Libraries by:

  • Participating in the work of the Libraries as volunteers on projects which involve both knowledge and skill; and
  • Communicating the message beyond the campus, that the Libraries needs and deserves the support of all Minnesotans.