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. If you would like to be part of an e-mail distribution list for announcements of upcoming Friends events, please email us. 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
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."