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About the Friends

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries exist to support the operations of the UW-Madison campus libraries, particularly in maintaining, expanding, and preserving the Libraries' collections. These collections, spread among more than 30 campus libraries, are a gathering point for students and scholars from around the state and around the world. Now more than ever, support is necessary in order to maintain a world-class library system.

Since our founding in 1948, the Friends have organized events aimed at bringing members of the campus and the wider community to the UW Libraries. The Friends also support the Libraries through grant programs designed to fund purchases, and preservation needs, that may not fall within the regular library budget, but which often add a margin of excellence to the collections. The Friends also fund visiting scholars through our Grants-in-Aid program.

These programs are funded through membership and other donations, and by our semiannual book sale. We are always interested in new supporters, and new members. Membership in the Friends brings many benefits, including invitations to special library events; subscription to the Friends' newsletter; and borrowing privileges at the many campus libraries. Beyond this, of course, support for the Friends brings the satisfaction of helping this great institution.



caxton club symposium

Caxton Club Symposium

Saturday, April 26

Don't miss this rare opportunity to attend the 2014 Annual Symposium of the Caxton Club of Chicago and Bibliographic Society of America on the UW-Madison Campus. The focus is on rare books and the history of science.

Free Events


Spring 2014 Events : Next free event is Saturday, April 26 at the Pyle Center.


Check out current exhibits at: Library Exhibits


The next Friends Book Sale

October 15-18, 2014

For more information, go to

Fall 2014 Book Sale


Have you visited the Friends Facebook page?

Check us out at: Friends Facebook


Want to know about other UW-Madison Libraries events?

Go to: Libraries News & Events




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