Friends of the Libraries

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The Friends of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida is a group who recognize that a great library is foundational to a great university. Over the past decade, the rapid pace of change in academic libraries has been breathtaking. New methods of discovering, retrieving and using information have led to increased expectations from library users. Technology has changed the way materials are purchased, accessed, utilized and stored. To be on the forefront with these cutting-edge innovations, we count on our Friends of the Libraries.

Your investment supports

• Research – Acquire research materials in subject areas that support teaching and research
• Online Access – Strengthen access to online resources
• Preservation – Protect, preserve and digitize rare and scarce library materials
• Space – Provide well-designed safe spaces that are conducive to learning exploration

Annual Member Benefits

Become a Friend of the George A. Smathers Friends of the Libraries are receive:

  • A Friend lapel pin
  • Online “News from the Source” newsletter
  • A monthly Digital Digest announcing Libraries events & lectures

Friends Levels:
Friend $125
Book Friend $250
Librarian’s Friend $750
Dean’s Circle $1,000

A gift to the Friends of the George A. Smathers Libraries is a priceless investment in the future quality of our academic community and a reflection of the value you place on knowledge and literacy. We invite you to join us to help the George A. Smathers Libraries Go Greater!

To become a member of the Friends of the George A. Smathers Libraries, donate online or contact the Development Office at or (352) 273-2505.