Since our founding in 1948, the Friends of University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries has helped strengthen, expand, preserve, and give visibility to the world-class collections held by the university.  The Friends organize events aimed at bringing members of the campus and the wider community to the UW-Madison Libraries. They also support the libraries through grant programs designed to fund purchases and preservation needs that may not fall within the regular library budget. In addition, the Friends provide travel funding to scholars from around the nation and the globe who are attracted to the many unique collections within the UW-Madison Libraries.

These programs are funded through donations and our semiannual book sale. We are always interested in new Friends. Donating to the Friends brings many benefits, including invitations to special library events; direct access to the UW-Madison Libraries magazine; and potential borrowing privileges at the many campus libraries. Beyond this, of course, support for the Friends brings the satisfaction of helping this great institution.