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About the Friends

The Friends organization is a part of the Libraries with a self-supporting budget of approximately $150,000 per year. It is not incorporated as a separate 501(c)(3). The Friends office is staffed by a part-time administrator, selected by the Friends Board. The Friends Board is composed of up to twenty-two volunteers from the campus and community. The Libraries have ex officio representation on the Board.

Through a competitive process, the Friends make a series of internal grants to campus libraries, sometimes for purchases, but also for staff development, equipment, special events, and exhibits. The Friends also make awards to scholars from around the U.S. and from other countries, so these researchers can use UW-Madison’s unique campus collections to advance their work.

The Friends also host an annual Schewe Lecture, and generally two-to-four public programs per semester featuring a campus author, library, or collection. The events are free and open to the public.