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About the Friends

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

On the UW-Madison campus, the Friends offer a series of internal grants to campus libraries, sometimes for purchases but also for staff development, equipment, special events, and exhibits. The Friends provide travel assistance to scholars from around the U.S. and from other countries so these researchers can access UW-Madison’s unique campus collections to advance their work.

The Friends is a volunteer organization within 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.