The Friends of the UTA Libraries organization was chartered in 1987 to support the UTA Libraries' drive toward excellence. In this period of rapid growth, the Friends are committed to helping the University Libraries provide electronic access to resources, improve services, and enhance public outreach programs.
To this end, the Friends promote the emergence of the UTA Libraries as noted research centers in the Southwest. They support in particular the nationally-recognized Special Collections with its broad holdings of Texana, Mexican War materials, cartographic history resources, manuscripts, and photographic, labor, and political archives.
The Libraries' holdings in the fields of art, architecture, science, business, and engineering, as well as their collection of government documents, support UTA's outstanding degree programs. The Friends support UTA's degree programs through librarian and faculty recognition awards and through such initiatives as the Friends of the UTA Libraries NcNair Award.
The Friends' support of the UTA Libraries has greatly expanded and enriched UTA's library collections. Such generosity touches the lives of every UTA student, faculty, and staff member, and provides unique opportunities for individuals or businesses to benefit the University and surrounding community. Resources provided by the Friends complement the funds budgeted by UTA and the University of Texas System.