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Friends of the NIU Libraries


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 (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.

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 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 submit a cosponsorship request form

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:

  • Receive issues of Founders' Type, a newsletter for the Friends of NIU Libraries
  • Receive invitations to public Friends Programs and special members-only receptions
  • Receive a 10% discount on merchandise at Ed Ripp Fine Art Books, Chicago
  • Opportunities to recommend future Friends' programs
  • Eligibility for interlibrary loan service
  • Annual Membership fees and gifts to the Friends are tax-deductible

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 the deduction 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 through the NIU Foundation. Select "A specific area," then Select " Friends of the NIU Libraries."

If you would like to request a membership application, please request a brochure. Annual membership contributions are as follows: 

  • Student - $10 
  • Individual - $35 
  • Family - $50 
  • Donor - $100 
  • Benefactor/Corporate - $500 
  • Life - $1000

Please make checks payable to Friends of NIU Libraries and send to the following address: 

Friends of NIU Libraries 
University Libraries 
Northern Illinois University 
DeKalb, IL 60115 

Questions? Please call (815) 753-9838 or email. Thank you for your generous support!

Contact Us

Chalermsee Olson, Interim Dean

Phone: (815) 753-1995


Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
217 Normal Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

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