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Friends of the NIU Libraries

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(815) 753-9838
Friends of the NIU Libraries Board

The Friends of NIU Libraries was founded in 1983 as an association of library supporters interested in contributing to the development of the resources of the University Libraries (view by-laws ). Currently, we have about 100 members.

The Friends secure gifts and bequests and provide funds for the purchase of books, manuscripts, and other materials such as electronic resources that could not otherwise be acquired by the library, through member contributions, the Library Endowment Fund, the Ensuring the Future Tree, the Library Book Fund, and sponsorship of memorial and endowment programs. Click here to see the purchases for the library through the generosity of the Friends.

The Friends sponsor a series of programs each year on a wide range of topics, often related to books, libraries, and publishing, but also of general interest. Many of these programs are free and open to the public, but some are members only. A listing of upcoming programs for this year can be found on our Activities & Programs page. If you would like to be part of an e-mail distribution list for announcements of upcoming Friends events, please email us at libraryfriend@niu.edu. Suggestions for future Friends programming can be sent to the same address. If you wish to request that the Friends cosponsor an event, you can find guidelines and a request form here.

The Friends also sponsor an ongoing book sale in the lobby of Founders' Memorial Library to raise funds for the library. Donations to the book sale are always accepted, and the stock turns over regularly.

There are many benefits to membership in the Friends, including longer checkout times for books, and invitations to exclusive Friends-only events. Unfortunately, due to changes in vendor contracts, the Friends do not offer off-campus access to databases subscribed to by the University Libraries; Friends members that wish to access library databases must come to campus to use public-access computers. NIU Faculty and Staff can have their membership dues deducted directly via payroll deduction by filling out this form and returning it with their membership form. We'll do the rest!

Gifts to the Friends of the NIU Libraries can also be made by credit card using this online form through the NIU Foundation. Select "A specific area," then Select " Friends of the NIU Libraries."

If you would like to request a membership application, click here to request that a brochure be sent to you. We also have a printable membership form, which can be mailed to the library.


Please make checks payable to:
Friends of NIU Libraries

Checks can be sent to the following address:
Friends of NIU Libraries
University Libraries
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

Annual membership contributions are as follows:
Student - $10
Individual - $35
Family - $50
Donor - $100
Benefactor/Corporate - $500
Life - $1000

Questions? Please call (815) 753-9838 or email: libraryfriend@niu.edu

Thank you for your generous support!

Last Updated: April 13, 2016