The Friends of the UWM Golda Meir Library positively impact the UWM Libraries and its goals of student success, research excellence, and community engagement in many ways:
- The Friends contribute $30,000 annually to provide essential online databases to UWM students, faculty and staff.
- The Friends contribute $5,000 annually for library staff development, helping to underwrite the costs of attending national and regional conferences.
- The Friends support one library internship each spring semester, providing UWM graduate students with the experience and skills they need to become tomorrow’s leaders in the information profession.
- In 2015, the Friends led a campaign to raise $90,000 for the preservation and digitization of historical charts in the American Geographical Society Library.
- In 2009, the Friends raised $137,000 towards the construction of the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons, a large, modern, flexible study area that contributes significantly to student success at UWM.
- The Friends Annual Program, held in the spring, features prominent authors talking about their latest books or scholars discussing relevant and engaging cultural issues. Recent speakers include novelist Lisa See (2018) and crime fiction writer Sara Paretsky (2017).