With your help the Friends can continue to help the Library build its extraordinary collection of over 8 million items, including an array of Special Collections and over 2 million items accessible on open shelves.
In the last 5 years the Friends have contributed £150,000 through regular and one-off donations, helping the Library make new acquisitions and ensuring its collections are made acccessible through a specialist Exhibition Centre, and available from anywhere in the world through the Library's unparalleled Digital Library.
We think it’s really important our Friends know how their support is making a difference, so we publish our annual report along with a catalogue of the collections purchased by the Friends in the annual Friends Bulletin. The Bulletin contains a range of articles and news from the Library, as well as messages from the President of the Friends Committee and others.
From the President
The Friends seek to support the Library in a number of ways: every year we contribute funds for new acquisitions and to help with the running of the Milstein Exhibition Cenre. Their support is crucial to the Library, and they are the first port of call when an exceptional contribution is needed to launch a major campaign for funds. In recent years the Friends have helped to have helped secure the Sassoon papers, the Codex Zacynthius, and the Lewis-Gibson Genizah collection among many others.
Friends benefit from an exciting series of lectures and events to which they are invited to bring guests. There are also opportunities for Friends to become involved in the Library, such as by giving their time in a voluntary capacity. We have ambitious plans to enrol 600 new members so that we can provide even further support to the Library. I hope that you will help us in our mission by joining as a member and helping to spread the word.
Dr Gordon Johnson, President of the Friends Committee
The Friends Committee
The Committee is entrusted by the Friends to oversee financial and administrative matters and meets 3 times a year. Members are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Friends, and the current members on the Committee are:
Friends Annual Report
Reports for the last 5 years are available to download and you can also request copies dating back further by contacting Kim Greed on 01223 765362.
Annual Report of the Friends of the Library 2015-2016
Annual Report of the Friends of the Library 2014-2015
Annual Report of the Friends of the Library 2013-2014
Annual Report of the Friends of the Library 2012-2013
Annual Report of the Friends of the Library 2011-2012
Library Annual Report
Find out about some of the successful activities of the Friends in the 2015-2016 Library Annual Report.