Bookshelves in PRR


In addition to supporting the libraries' educational endeavors, you can enjoy a range of library programs and events. Friends can attend:

  • The FURL annual meeting and dinner. Share a gourmet meal with companions who share your passion for Rochester’s libraries. Plus, there’s usually a fascinating guest speaker! 
  • The holiday reading. In early December, Friends gather to listen to selected readings and very talented musicians with great snacks. 
  • The Neilly Author Series and all other University lectures open to the public, featuring a wide range of fascinating topics, such as the space race, mambo, modern mourning, Mt. Everest, or AIDS. 
  • Periodic programs, such as receptions at library exhibitions and tours.

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Your Impact

The generosity of FURL members has supported the:

  • expansion of research and book collections.
  • preservation and conservation efforts in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation of the River Campus Libraries.
  • improvements to libraries' technologies.
  • innovative library learning and research spaces.
  • acquisition of databases and other non-print formats.
  • Undergraduate Research Initiative Award.
  • digitization and online cataloging of the libraries' special collections.

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Friend Spotlights




Metzdorf Award 

Award for "contributions and meritorious service to the libraries"

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Research Initiative Award 

Recognizes excellence in the early phases of undergraduate research

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