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.
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.
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.