Library News & Events: Friends of the Library

Information about our Literary Lions Book Club, Library Displays, Games and other news and special events

Join the Friends of George A. Spiva Library!

Various categories of membership are available.  Funds are committed to the George A. Spiva Library for the purchase of books, periodicals, and other scholarly resources. Membership is valid for twelve months from the time of enrollment except in the case of a Lifetime/Corporate membership.

"Love Among the Stacks"

"I can imagine no more prestigious populations than books and those who give them residence. My apologies to Shakespeare's Polonius, but in terms of the library, one should both a borrower and a lender be. In supporting the library, you support my sharper appetites; in befriending the library, you not only become some of its most precious holdings, you leave a light on for me as well."

-from the essay Love Among the Stacks by Arthur Saltzman

Remember a Loved One - Honor a Friend

Donating a book, journal subscription or other item to the library in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one is a practical, gracious way to pay lasting recognition. The library will purchase a chosen item in honor of a person you designate. A bookplate naming the honoree and donor will be
secured to the item bought with your contribution.  The result is a loving testament that will endure for years.

Help support our library!

Purpose, Activities and Benefits of Membership


The Friends group serves as a volunteer support organization for the University’s George A. Spiva Library, encouraging community interest in the library and promoting a fuller understanding of its purpose, programs, and potential.

Through its generosity, the organization fosters gifts, donations, endowments, and memorials to the library, enabling the George A. Spiva Library to acquire distinctive and valuable materials for faculty, staff, students, scholars and community members.


Activities of the group include but are not limited to:

  • Readings and Lecture Series by notable authors
  • Annual Friends Reception
  • Faculty Seminars
  • Book Sales and other Fund-Raising Events
  • Specialized Library Tours


As a FRIENDS member, you will receive:

  • Access to the resources of a major university library
  • Access to the Internet and subscription databases
  • Invitations to special programs focusing on books, authors, and related topics
  • A subscription to Southern Bookends, which chronicles the library's participation in the life of the university through articles highlighting collections, services, materials and special events
  • Recognition in the annual published list of donors (optional)
  • 10% discount on beverages at University Java
  • Discounts on select fee-based library events/programs
  • Opportunities for community and volunteer involvement
  • Chance for a tax deductible donation
  • Fostering of new friendships

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