Welcome to the University of Delaware Library

A Group for friends of books, libraries, and learning at the University of Delaware

Founded in 1958, the University of Delaware Library Associates work to expand and enrich the research collections of the University of Delaware Library through gifts from members, funds raised by University of Delaware Library Associates programs and donations of significant books.

The University of Delaware Library Associates also sponsor publications and activities that make the collections better known to the University, national scholarly communities and to members of the public.

Private matching funds raised by the University of Delaware Library Associates contributed substantially to the expansion and renovation of the Hugh M. Morris Library, begun in 1983 as part of the University’s 150th anniversary celebration and completed in 1986. Special Collections includes a separate gallery for public exhibitions which, together with related publications and programs, contribute to a broader awareness of the University of Delaware Library's important scholarly resources.

All illustrations on these pages were reproduced from originals in Special Collections, University of Delaware Library.


With the generous support of friends and alumni, the University of Delaware Library has built distinctive collections of more than 2,800,000 volumes in fields that complement the University's academic programs.

Holdings within Special Collections include over 100,000 books, nearly 10,000 linear feet of manuscripts, historical maps, broadsides, posters, and trade and seed catalogs. Collecting areas focus on the history of chemistry, engineering, and technology; horticulture and landscape architecture; the history of books, print culture, and papermaking; the applied and decorative arts; the performing arts; American history, particularly the regional history of Delmarva and the greater Delaware Valley; Delaware politics and public policy; environmental studies and Delawareana.

Rare book and manuscript holdings of writers important to Irish, American and British literature constitute an area of outstanding strength. Among the authors represented by original manuscripts and correspondance are Djuna Barnes, Paul Bowles, Kay Boyle, John Malcolm Brinnin, Brian Coffey, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mark Harris, Ernest Hemingway, James Leo Herlihy, Elizabeth Jennings, Donald Justice, Hugh MacDiarmid, Ulick O'Connor, Ishmael Reed, W.D. Snodgrass, Gilbert Sorrentino, Barry Stavis, Louis Untermeyer, Tennessee WIlliams and William Butler Yeats.

Activities and Benefits

The University of Delaware Library Associates sponsor an annual dinner lecture, an annual faculty lecture and other book or library-related events. Members receive the Newsletter of the University of Delaware Library Associates, published twice a year, publications related to exhibitions and invitations for events.

University of Delaware Library Associates receive a 10 percent discount on University of Delaware Press books by calling (302) 831-1149.

All who share an interest in ensuring the continued growth of library collections at the University of Delaware are invited to join the University of Delaware Library Associates and participate in activities and benefits.


University of Delaware Library Associates Membership Information

All gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. A gift of books, securities or other material of equivalent value may be donated in lieu of the annual donation. Corporate members are welcome. The University of Delaware Library Associates are eligible for corporate matching gifts. The membership categories are:

Note: To become a member, please fill this form out online and then print it to accompany your check. If a printed brochure is preferred, call (302) 831-2231 to request the UDLA membership brochure.

Personal Memberships

$5,000 and above Leader* $2,500-$4,999 Pacesetter* $1,000-$2,499 Benefactor* $600-$999 Sustaining* $300-$599 Advocate* $150-$299 Patron*
$50-$149 Fellow

Check here for borrowing privileges
($150 minimum contribution).

*The benefit value for IRS is $25 for in-state and $60 for out-of-state residents. If not checked, borrowing privileges will not be issued and the tax-deductible contribution will be that as allowed by law.

Corporate Memberships

$5,000 and above Leader $2,500-$4,999 Pacesetter $1,000-$2,499 Benefactor $500-$999 Sustaining

Desired form of address: Mr. and Mrs. Mr. Dr. Ms. Mrs. Miss Dr. and Mrs. Dr. and Dr. Other

Please make checks payable to: University of Delaware Library Associates.
Print out this form and mail with check to:

University of Delaware Library Associates
Morris Library
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19717-5267

If your employer has a matching gift program, please enclose a signed form with your membership contribution.
For further information, call (302) 831-2231.

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