The Grant-to-Libraries Program funds projects based on competitive scholarly proposals. Providing up to $1250, the grants are intended for acquisition and conservation of campus library materials, but other projects will be considered. These grant proposals are evaluated by a committee of board members and voted on by the full board of directors.
This year there has been a change to the Friends’ Grants to Libraries program. These grants will be available to NON-GLS libraries ONLY. This change will allow Friends funds to be directed toward other areas of strategic need, such as international travel for the purchase of materials and the recent grants program for student projects.
One reason this change possible is that the GLS budget has been allocating contingency funds to support the same kinds of things the Friends’ Grants to Libraries used to support. So, if you work for a GLS library and were planning on applying for a Friends grant or if you have a need that arises, please contact Doug Way, Associate University Librarian – Collections and Research Services.
Friends grants have funded initiatives ranging from vacuuming books to purchasing children’s books for inter-library loan. Some grants have been used for more technical purposes, such as purchasing ultraviolet shields for fluorescent lights.
To apply for a Grant, download the 2018-Call for Applications Grants to Libraries. The annual grant application deadline is December 31 of each year.
Past Grants to Libraries Awards
Since the Grants to Libraries program began in 1997, the Friends of the Libraries have awarded 330 grants totaling over $309,035 to UW-Madison campus libraries.
American Indian Studies Program Library
Purchase of contemporary materials
Purchase of e-book collection, Oxford Handbook in Archaeology: Foundation Collection
East Asian Studies
Acquisition of titles relating to the Chinese Anti-Rightist Movement.
Acquisition of updated state, topographic, and gazetteer atlases
Geology and Geophysics Library
Acquisition of international geological maps
German Language Humanities Collection
Purchase of Bibliographical Annals: Literature in the Soviet Union Occupation Zone and GDR, 1945-1990.
Purchase set of reproduction of auction catalogs of East Asian art pieces.
Kohler Art Library, Rider
Acquisition of illuminated manuscript facsimiles
Purchase of vacuum for preservation project
LGBT Campus Center Resource Library
Purchase of materials for collection development
Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies
Preservation of select historic materials.
Classical Studies and Romance Languages Collection
Purchase of database Brill’s Encyclopedia of Neo-Latin World Online
Slavic Studies Collection
Purchase of electronic back file of Russkaia literature
Preservation of fragile memorabilia
Wisconsin State Herbarium Library
Acquisition of flora and taxonomic guides.
Wisconsin Water Library
Purchase of materials for academic research and outreach education.
In 2014 the board of directors approved 16 grant proposals totaling $11,000.
American Indian Studies Library
The purchase of contemporary materials
Comparative Literature/Folklore Department- Memorial Library
Acquisition of Gaelic Books in support of new Comp Lit/Folklore Department Celtic studies courses
Department of Special Collections- Memorial Library
Assessment, flattening, and polyester film encapsulation/matting for posers acquired recently as a part of the Woodland Pattern Book Center archive
East Asian Studies Library
Purchase of Chinese Ocean territorial literature sequel: Taiwan, Liuqiu, Hong Kong and Macao title
German Language Humanities
Purchase of 3 volumes by Martin Opitz
Japanese Studies- Memorial Library
Purchase of an illustrated guidebook for international travel
Kohler Art Library
Purchase of Mining my Antonia by Barbara Tetenbaum
LGBT Campus Center Resource Library
To acquire target items (books and movies) for the Resource Library that are not held at UW Madison
Mills Music Library
Address the condition of a rare book received from Wisconsin Historical Society (1856 edition)
Purchase monographs in popular physics
Silver Buckle Press
Acquisition of type from Moore Wood Type
Acquisition of monographs for the SLIS Library to support teaching, research and service in the area of tribal libraries, archives/museums, and related topics
Social Work Library
Purchase of Invisible Young and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression
Purchase print copies of the award winning cookbook titles from the 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Awards, often referred to as The Oscars of Food
Wendt Commons Special Collections
Preservation of rare materials
Western European History and Social Sciences Library
Preservation funding for The Continental Times
To learn more about the Grants-to-Libraries Program, please contact the Friends at 265-2505, or via the Friends Contact Form.