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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library is a membership organization committed to enhancing the resources of the UT Arlington Library for the benefit of students, faculty and the community. Since 1987 support from the Friends has enriched the Library’s collections and services that are critical to teaching, research and learning at UT Arlington.


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Friends Support the UT Arlington Library

  • Sponsorship of annual awards given to two outstanding student presentations in the Ronald McNair Scholars Summer Internship Program. Members have contributed more than $25,000 to fund an endowment to support the award.
  • Presentation of the annual STAR Award (Super Talented Appreciated and Recognized) to a library staff member who has played a significant role in moving the library forward in terms of services and/or outreach.
  • Support of an endowment that funds the addition of materials to the collection to honor the promotion and achievements of members of the faculty. 
  • Sponsorship of programs featuring authors and community leaders. 
  • Support of the Libraries' ongoing needs to serve students and faculty.

Contact Us

Jennifer Hawthorne at 817-272-7057 or hawthorne@uta.edu


Friends of the Library Membership Options

Membership Benefits
  • Invitations to an outstanding speaker’s series which brings authors to campus to discuss their recent works. Each talk is followed by a reception where members can gather to enjoy refreshments and discuss the program. 
  • Opportunities to attend outings to locations of historical interest. Recent trips have included visits to the Alamo and Missions of San Antonio, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and author Larry McMurtry’s warehouses of books for sale in Archer City.
  • Library card entitling cardholder to circulation privileges


Membership Levels
  Annual Fee Spouse/Partner
UTA Student $10 $10
Friend $55 $20
Patron $100 included
Benefactor $250 included
Library Circle $500 included
1895 Society $1,000* included
Life Member (One time fee) $5,000 included


*Members at this level are also recognized in UTA’s 1895 Society

Current Council Members of Friends of the Library

  • Penny Acrey
  • Julie Alexander
  • Shirley Applewhite
  • Evelyn Barker*
  • Rebecca Bichel*
  • Roger Broom
  • Jeannie Browning
  • Suzanne Byke*
  • Melissa Deur
  • Bill Dunaway
  • Sher Dunaway
  • Sebastian Fuentes
  • Kit Goodwin
  • Julie Grondin
  • Jennifer Hawthorne*
  • Daniel Kauth
  • LaVerne Knezek
  • Carol Lehman
  • Mark LaVelle*
  • Lynne Prater
  • Bill Stone

* ex-officio

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.

Palo Duro Canyon
CANCELLED - Friends of the Library: Road Trip to Palo Duro Canyon
Saturday, February 28, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, March 1, 2015 (All day)


Jane Roberts Wood signing one of her books.
Friends of the Library: Jane Roberts Wood - Seven Stories
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Jane Roberts Wood

Jane Roberts Wood will be discussing her newest publication, Seven Stories. This collection will give anyone who is not familiar with her work an introduction to how she writes, what concerns her, and what ironies she recognizes in daily life. Miss Wood said that this is the “most beautifully published book that she has done.” She will also be discussing the differences between writing novels and short stories.

The meeting will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Friends of the Library
1912 map of Hawaii
Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
James L. Haley

James L. Haley will talk about Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii, which is the only state to have once been a royal kingdom. After its “discovery” by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined to take advantage of its position as the crossroads of the Pacific. While Hawaii’s royal rulers adopted Christianity, they fought to preserve their ancient ways. But the American sugar barons sealed their fate and in 1893, the Marines overthrew Lili’uokalani, the last queen of Hawaii.

Friends of the Library