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Friends of the Libraries

A panel of speakers at the Friends Forum event in 2018 in Coffman Theater.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.

All Friends members receive:

Want to borrow a book?

Borrowing privileges and unlimited access to electronic journals, magazines, and newspaper subscriptions from public workstations at any Twin Cities campus library are available to supporters at the $80 level (or $40 members of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association).

How to join or renew and gain borrowing privileges

  • Complete the online form (you will be redirected to the University of Minnesota Foundation’s online giving form)
  • Request borrowing privileges by specifying “I am requesting (or renewing) a Friends library borrowing card” in the Special Instructions box.

Please note: It can take several days after making your online donation before your borrowing privileges are renewed or created. Your donation is tax deductible, therefore donations are non refundable.

Need library access immediately?

If you have an immediate need for borrowing, please visit Wilson Library in person to request or renew your Friends library card. 

Membership Levels

  • Member: $40 annual donation
  • Donor/Borrowing privileges: $80 annually
  • Associate: $100
  • Sponsor: $300 and above
  • Borrowing privileges for organizations
    • $250 per year base rate
    • $80 per year for nonprofit organizations
Join or renew your membership now

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Contact Information

Lanaya Stangret
309 19th Ave. S.
499 Wilson Library
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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