The mission of the Friends of the UWM Golda Meir Library is to promote the Libraries’ leadership in teaching, research and public services. The Friends accomplish this through participation in activities that heighten community awareness and advance the Libraries’ vital purpose.
Founded in 1975, the Friends organization adds to the activity and strength not only of the Libraries, but the University community as well. Friends’ programs connect the campus with the broader community; Friends’ gifts enrich the UWM Libraries’ collections; and Friends’ development efforts build long-term library support.
- Committed $180,000 over six years to help provide access to digital resources.
- Brought exciting speakers to campus, including best selling mystery novelist Sara Paretsky and award winning author and historian John Gurda.
- Co-sponsored several Libraries’ lecture series, including UWM’s Academic Adventurers, Revisiting Our Past local history presentation, the Holzheimer Maps and America Lecture, and the Fromkin Memorial Lecture.
- Contributed funds for the professional development of library staff members and for the recognition of high achievement among staff.
- Assisted with funding for purchase of rare materials for the Libraries.
- Provided recyclable book bags to preserve library materials.