Grants to Libraries

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.

2015 Awards

American Indian Studies Program Library

Purchase of contemporary materials

Anthropology Collection

Purchase of e-book collection, Oxford Handbook in Archaeology: Foundation Collection

East Asian Studies

Acquisition of titles relating to the Chinese Anti-Rightist Movement.

Geography Library

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.

Japanese Studies

Purchase set of reproduction of auction catalogs of East Asian art pieces.

Kohler Art Library, Rider

Acquisition of illuminated manuscript facsimiles

Law Library

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

University Archives

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.

2014 Awards

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)

Physics Library
Purchase monographs in popular physics

Silver Buckle Press
Acquisition of type from Moore Wood Type

SLIS-Laboratory Library
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

Steenbock Library
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.