Answered By: Andy Gulati
Last Updated: Sep 05, 2018     Views: 2

Friends of the Library enjoy special benefits including:

  • Borrowing privileges for all circulating print collections
  • Invitations to Friends sponsored lectures and events

The Friends of the Library at Franklin & Marshall College was organized in October 1986 as a prelude to the bicentennial celebration of the College. The purpose of the Friends is to advance the Library as a cultural and historical resource both within the College and in the larger community by providing support for development of library collections beyond the confines of the instructional program.

Books, however, are uppermost on the agenda of the Friends. The primary use of membership dues is for books and manuscripts whose acquisition would not normally be possible using the funds supplied by the College for regular library purchases. These may include examples of contemporary bookmaking from small presses, additions to established rare books and manuscript collections (such as the Unger-Bassler Collection of German Americana), or simply desirable works too expensive to be purchased otherwise.

Membership is open to all 21 years and older who live within a 2 hours drive of the College and wish to consider themselves Friends of the Franklin & Marshall College Library in the following membership categories:

Seniors (65+) $5
F&M Student $5
Active - Single $25
Active - Couple $35
Contributing $50
Sustaining $100
Patron $250+

The membership year begins upon registration and will expire in 365 days.

To Join:

Stop by a circulation desk, or drop us a note with your Name, Address and Membership Contribution, or print and complete the online Friends of the Library application (PDF), and send to:

Friends of the F&M College Library
Shadek-Fackenthal Library
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003