(608) 262-3193Mailing Address
Friends of the UW-Madison Library
330H Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library is one of the oldest university library friends groups in the nation. In the half-century since its formation during the university's centennial, the organization has supported the continuing excellence of a great research library system.
The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries exist to support the operations of the UW–Madison campus libraries, particularly in maintaining, expanding, and preserving the libraries’ collections. These collections, spread among more than 30 campus libraries, are a gathering point for students and scholars from across the state and around the world. Now more than ever, support is necessary in order to maintain a world-class library system.
Since our founding in 1948, the Friends have organized events aimed at bringing members of the campus and the wider community to the UW-Madison Libraries. The Friends also support the Libraries through grant programs designed to fund purchases and preservation needs, that may not fall within the regular library budget, but which often add a margin of excellence to the collections. The Friends also fund visiting scholars through our Grants-in-Aid program.
There are many benefits of being a Friend of the Library, including announcements of Friends lectures, exhibitions and receptions, invitations to special library events, the Friends magazine, and authorization to access and borrow from the library's collections.