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Support the University Libraries

“Books are for nothing but to inspire”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Become a Friend of the Library

Library Development supports the St. John’s University Libraries' mission and vision. That is, to commit themselves to the teaching and learning processes by providing content-based information resources, instructional services, and other support in the most effective formats for University programs and student and faculty research. The Libraries provide the foundation for the University's mission of academic excellence and lifelong learning.

In addition, the University Libraries will be a physical and virtual information crossroads community, helping all library users achieve success through quality service and ubiquitous access. To achieve this vision we must sustain excellence by both honoring and renewing tradition to advance academic inquiry and provide an environment where students can gather for out-of-classroom learning experiences.

To accomplish this, the Libraries are committed to: improving and advancing the Libraries' technologies; the growth of the book collections, databases and other non-print formats; digitization of the Libraries' media collections; programs intended to promote intellectual awareness and encourage discussion; continued renovation and restoration of existing buildings.

As well, the University Libraries seek to broaden their relationship with the community, with alumni and with Friends, and to keep them informed of activities, including lectures, exhibits and events.

Libraries today face many challenges, including: increases in the cost of journals, books and electronic resources; incorporating electronic texts, multi-media resources and equipment, computers, printers and scanners to compete in today’s technological environment; a print collection in need of upkeep and replacement.

Faculty and students at library

To meet these challenges, the Library depends on donations from alumni, members of the university community and the outside community. To address the needs of these challenges, we call upon donors to choose from a variety of giving opportunities such as: cash gifts, endowments, deferred gifts, or donations of collections of books. Whatever your choice, the Libraries are grateful for your support.

What a Friend Is

A Friend of the Libraries is a member of an active organization of individuals from all walks of life united in the conviction that libraries play a vital role in the education of tomorrow’s leaders.

Moreover, a Friend shares in the satisfaction of supporting worthwhile programs and projects designed to enrich the St. John’s educational experience while enjoying the fellowship of like-minded individuals.

A Friend's Gift Makes a Difference

A Friend, through their gifts, assists the Libraries in achieving its goals to nourish and support the teaching, research and services of the University by acquiring scholarly resources, developing innovative services, and applying new information technologies to meet the needs of users. A Friend may make a monetary contribution to a designated book fund, to the unrestricted library fund, or donate materials. A Friend’s support also makes possible lectures, exhibits, receptions, and other events that highlight the significance of the Library and honor their donors. Friend of Library Membership Form (PDF)

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations offer a way to assist the Libraries in a way that you may choose or to allow the Libraries to utilize the gift in a way that they deem most necessary and appropriate. If you choose to donate money for books, we will insert a special bookplate in the book with the name of the donor or a designated name of choice.The gift may be made in memory of a loved one, friend or colleague.


Endowments are enduring gifts that keep growing and can be established to support a library collection in a subject of interest to the donor, a service area and a variety of other options. Depending on size, endowments are named after their donors or the ones they wish to honor. Monies from the endowment support the area for which it was established. The principle remains intact and only a percentage of the earned income is used annually by the Libraries.

For more information contact:

Prof. Caroline Fuchs
Associate Dean and Learning Design Librarian
University Library, Queens
St.Augustine Hall, Room 306A
[email protected]