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About Us

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.

Recent Accomplishments:

  • Committed $180,000 over six years to help provide access to digital resources.
  • Raised more than $50,000 at the Friends used book sales since 2006, with the money spent on new materials for the UWM Libraries.
  • Brought exciting speakers to campus, including Milwaukee’s mayor and city planner, who discussed their vision of the city’s future, and former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial Cartoonist Stuart Carlson.
  • 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.