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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 William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Central High School National Historic Site, the Alamo and missions of San Antonio, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, 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

  • Julie Alexander
  • Shirley Applewhite
  • Evelyn Barker*
  • Rebecca Bichel*
  • Roger Broom
  • Jeannie Browning
  • Suzanne Byke*
  • Penny Castillo
  • Mary Castle
  • Melissa Deur
  • George Green
  • Jennifer Hawthorne*
  • Evelyn Hellier
  • Carol Lehman
  • Mark LaVelle*
  • Lynne Prater
  • Benedict Termini
  • Trudy Termini
  • Judy White-Pardee
  • Nancy Wood
  • Lea Worcester

* 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.

Book cover for The Boom: How Fracking Ingnited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, by Russell Gold
Friends of the Library - Russell Gold discusses his book on fracking
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Russell Gold

Join author Russell Gold for a fascinating and exciting exploration of one of the most controversial and promising sources of energy, fracking.

First invented in 1947, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has not only become a major source of energy, it is changing the way we use energy, and the energy we use.

Friends of the Library
Book cover for Ken Aldridge, In Murder’s Shadow: A Crime Novel
Friends of the Library - Ken Aldridge, In Murder’s Shadow: A Crime Novel
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Ken Aldridge

An American scientist and his family are murdered by the KGB. Alex, their teenage son, fearing for his life, escapes the grasp of the Russians by stealing his best friend’s identity. His flight results in a nationwide manhunt by the KGB as well as the FBI. The story sheds light into some of the secret operations of the KGB and the FBI, but also the strengths and foibles of the people working for these agencies.

Friends of the Library
Book cover for Calling Me Home: A Novel Paperback, by Julie Kibler
Friends of the LIbrary - Julie Kibler, Calling Me Home: A Novel Paperback
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Julie Kibler

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive Isabelle from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper--in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark.

Friends of the Library
Book cover for Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country, by Paul V. Chaplo
Friends of the LIbrary - Paul V. Chaplo, Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Paul V. Chaplo

Take an unforgettable sky excursion over Big Bend with photographer Paul Chaplo as he captures the shapes, textures, and colors of the craggy, weathered landforms people usually see only from the ground—and some places no photographer has gone before. Flying from Marfa, and hanging precariously from the open door of an aircraft, Chaplo shares a hawk’s eye view of a fiercely beautiful region, revealing the stark and magnificent landscapes carved by the force of wind and water on the arid, mountainous country along the Rio Grande.

Friends of the Library