Become a Library Associate today. The Library Associates annual giving program is an association of generous supporters who understand that the University Library is the heart of the University, serving all scholars and students in their quest for learning. Library Associates provide unrestricted gifts to support the Library.
Membership in the Library Associates is extended to those who donate funds or gifts-in-kind during a given year. Library Associates receive the library's publication, Towers, delivered in print or by email as part of their membership. Generous donations at the Visionary level ($1,000 and above) will be recognized through additional activities and courtesies. You can join Library Associates at any of four levels:
- Supporter, under $50
- Friend, $50-$250
- Patron, $251-$999
- Visionary, above $1,000
What effect does membership have?
Annual membership in the Library Associates has helped provide:
With member support, the library recently added several new electronic databases, including The Vogue Archive, containing the entire run of the magazine from 1892 to present, and Everyday Life & Women in America, 1800-1920, featuring monographs, pamphlets, and periodicals addressing social and gender issues.
A collection of over 200 books of historical significance to the LGBT rights movement was acquired by University of Idaho Special Collection in 2014 thanks to member support. The Stonewall Collection features both fiction and non-fiction award-winning works.
Support provided for a University of Idaho Library Research Colloquium on citizen scientists and interactive data uploading and data mapping through the University of Idaho Extension. This program highlighted use and re-use of data shared through the University.
Support allowed the library to host several events during the 2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, including one describing the collection and its value to musicians, music historians, musicologists and others in conducting research.
The University of Idaho Library's Digital Initiatives has been receiving national attention for its digital collections and projects. Most recently, the Northwest Historical Postcards Collection, the Gem of the Mountains Digital Yearbook Collection, the Vandal Video Collection, and the Priest Lake Museum Association Collection have garnered both regional and national coverage.
In 2014 the library launched Primo, a new search system that strengthens the library's ability to serve the research needs of University of Idaho students and faculty. With Primo, UI Library users can search the collections of 36 other academic libraries across the northwest.
How are the Library Associates organized?
There is an annual business meeting of the Library Associates in the spring to elect officers. The officers of Library Associates consist of a Chair and a Vice-chair/Chair-elect. The term of office is for one year. The Chair will also serve on the Library Advisory Board as an ex-officio member.