Second Edition: Library Revives Friends Program
Community Supporters Get Opportunity to Use Books and Services
Dec. 9, 2008
It began in the late 1970s with a small collection of books and an even smaller group of supporters, and since then, the McDermott Library Friends program has grown, all but dissolved and then been recently revived.
Now, under its new organization, any member of the community at least 18 years old, company representatives, and senior citizens can enjoy many McDermott Library services.
Formed decades ago before the age of electronic databases and digital information, McDermott Library Friends supported the library with monetary donations and in return could check out books and attend library functions. Over the years, fiscal support for the program waned, and it was shelved.
Recently, the McDermott Library Friends program was revitalized when the library and UT Dallas’ alumni association worked together to create a McDermott Library Friends VIP membership. The library, in turn, has added electronic resources to its services including digital books, journals, educational video content, a multitude of searchable databases and a new service that makes Audiobooks and eMovies available to McDermott Library Friends.
“This program is great for high school students writing research papers, retirees looking to further their education, and families wanting to introduce their children to the impressive learning resources UT Dallas offers,” said Dean of Libraries Larry D. Sall. “We’ve been able to help area engineers and authors in their pursuits by opening certain scholarly resources.”
For an annual $100 tax deductible donation, VIPs can check out up to five books at a time for three weeks and use the library’s electronic services from within the library. The donation helps the library acquire equipment and certain material otherwise not obtainable through its university budget. In return VIPs receive library newsletters, an annual report and invitations to McDermott Library special events.
For community members and university students, staff and faculty who are interested in supporting the Friends there is a simple annual membership fee of $25. Recently, several Friends have given much more than the minimum $100 and $25 donations. There are also two community stations in McDermott Library’s Information Commons at which visitors can readily access some electronic resources.
“McDermott Library is a valuable resource in the entire North Dallas community, above and beyond the services it provides for UTD faculty and students,” says Frank Kryza, a Friend of McDermott Library. “Many of its collections are unique, to be found nowhere else in the Metroplex. As a freelance writer, I rely on McDermott for research on a variety of subjects. It’s wonderful to have a good academic library with more than one million books right in my back yard.”
Since its revival, the McDermott Library Friends program has raised $27,000 to promote public awareness of the library’s collections and services, attract distinguished collections and sponsor special events.
McDermott Library Friends