Spotlight: Friends of the (U of M) University Libraries

On the average day, some 11,000 students, faculty, and research professionals (many from out of state) visit the library campuses of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Each day, staff at those libraries answer upwards of 3,300 requests for information.

Last year, University Libraries lent 200,000 items to other library systems in the state of Minnesota.

These impressive figures would not be possible without the generous support of The Friends of the (U of M) University Libraries, one of the most robust academic Friends of the Library organizations in the Midwest. As the group notes on their website, “the difference between adequacy and excellence lies in resources that have been added by private donors.”

In addition to that much-needed funding support, The Friends also hosts exhibits and author series that contribute to the institution’s long tradition of scholarship.

Although the case of the University of Minnesota Libraries and Friends of the Library group may be in many ways unique, but we could all learn a thing or two from their example. For more information, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.