The University of Miami Friends of the Libraries is a library support organization founded in 1960 by a group of University of Miami faculty, alumni, and community leaders. The Friends play a vital role in supporting programs, securing gifts, and funding projects for the Libraries and are instrumental in ensuring the University of Miami remains one of the foremost research institutions in the world.

Community members interested in sharing in our important mission, to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service in and beyond our community through our collections, are encouraged to join the Friends of the Libraries.

Membership Levels and Benefits

Friends are invited to special events such as lectures, exhibit openings, and behind-the-scene tours. Coral Gables Neighbors and CollegeTown community members receive 20% off Friends membership levels when they apply.

Additional benefits are available by membership level, as designated below.

  • PATRON $100
    Unlimited entry to UM Libraries.
  • SUSTAINER $250
    All Patron benefits, plus:
    Borrowing privileges for general collection and audiovisual materials in the
    Otto G. Richter Library.1
    All Sustainer benefits, plus:
    Use of on-site resources at UM Libraries and a tour of the
    rare books and unique manuscript collections with the head
    of Special Collections. 1, 2
    All Library Champion benefits, plus:
    Behind-the-scenes tour of Richter Library, digital labs,
    and specialized on-site resources. 1, 2
  • DEAN’S CABINET $2,500
    All Conservation Circle benefits, plus:
    Lunch with the Dean of Libraries. 1, 2
    All Dean’s Cabinet benefits, plus:
    Corporate logo imprinted on Friends of the Libraries
    publications and mailings. 1, 2


1General collections materials can be checked out for up to two weeks with one renewal (limit of 10). Audiovisual materials (DVDs, VHS, and non-music CDs) are available for a seven day loan with one renewal (limit of three). Music CDs have a three-day loan period. Please read the fines policy for late, lost, or damaged materials.

2 On-site resources include use of Richter Library stand-up computer stations for Library website and catalog access and UM WirelessCanes Guest access, with pre-pay printing and photocopying services available. Visit the Richter Library Circulation Desk to set up funds on a UPrint Guest Card. Walk-up consultations at the Richter Library Information & Research Services desk are also included.

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