The Friends of Boatwright Memorial Library

The University of Richmond community acknowledges with sadness the deaths of Dr. James B. Erb and Lawrence R. Sneeden, Sr.

The University of Richmond community acknowledges with sadness the death of Dr. James B. Erb, Professor of Music Emeritus, on November 11, 2014. Dr. Erb joined the University of Richmond faculty in 1954, retiring in 1993. His obituary is available at

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The University of Richmond flag will fly at half-staff from November 15-17, 2014, in recognition of our colleague's passing.

The University of Richmond community also  acknowledges with sadness the death of Lawrence R. Snedden, Sr., a member of the Media Resource Center team in Boatwright Memorial Library. Mr. Snedden joined the University of Richmond in 1979 and retired in 1992. His obituary is available at

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 5-7 p.m. at Bliley's-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Road. The memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The University of Richmond flag will fly at half-staff on Wednesday, November 12-14, 2014, in recognition of our colleague's passing.

Wine and Cheese Reception in sponsorship of The 26th Annual International Film Series, University of Richmond

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Friday, November  7th, 2014

Reception: 2:30 pm

Showtime: 3:00 pm

The Lunchbox       

India ,  2013, directed by Ritesh Batra ,  105 min. ,  Rated PG

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famous, efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, with Saajan, a government accountant nearing retirement. Their originally tentative notes passed at lunch turn into a virtual relationship. After seeing this feel-good movie, you will long for a lunchbox from Ila’s aromatic kitchen, seasoned with hope, to be delivered to your own desk.

SPCS Student Week October 19-October 25th, 2014

  • Wednesday, October 22: Snacks available in SPCS offices (Special Programs Building, 2nd floor and the CMC in North Court 104), 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 23: Snacks available in SPCS offices (Special Programs Building, 2nd floor and the CMC in North Court 104), 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 24: Snacks delivered to classrooms by SGA, Alumni Association, administration, faculty and staff members


All current students will be entered into raffle prize drawings throughout the week. Prizes include:

  • Tickets to UR vs. JMU football game
  • Tickets to UR vs. VCU basketball game
  • Gift certificates to UR bookstore
  • And more!

News item: SPCS administrators, faculty & staff join student government, alumni to celebrate SPCS Student Week, October 19-25, 2014

Time for renewal...

It's time for the 2014-2015 renewal cycle for the Friends of Boatwright Memorial Library! Last year was exciting and full of new and innovative programming for our members. We'd like to continue that in our upcoming years, but we need your membership to help us support those initiatives. We want you to be able to continue to use the resources offered through the Library and we certainly want to have you join us for our programs which are offered throughout the year.

Your gifts do make a difference!  Your gift to the Friends helps us to fulfill our mission of promoting and supporting the Library.  Our sponsorship of lectures and other events, purchase of much needed items not included in the Libraries’ University budget, and recognition of staff and student workers - are all funded through our Friends’ gifts and dues. This year, we awarded, as we have done previously, the Student Employee Recognition Award to Max Payeur. This award recognized his contribution to the work of the library with a check for $500 and his name added to the award wall in the library. We have sponsored a reception for the International Film Series. We held the annual Peple Lecture featuring historian and author, Mary Miley Theobald.

 We need YOU. You can:

  • Ask a friend to be a Friend.  If each Friend recruited one member, we could double our membership!  This would be a wonderful gift that can be used continuously throughout the year.
  • Upgrade your membership to a new level. Your membership is an important source of revenue. Allow about 7-10 business days to process. Provided is a preprinted envelope, please feel free to return your membership to:

Advancement Services
University of Richmond
Richmond Hall G-23
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173-0002

Friends Membership choices are the following:

  • Student (of UR) $5
  • Individual $35
  • Family $50
  • Sustaining $75
  • Supporting $150
  • Life $1000

Because our process is a little a different this year, memberships will take 7-10 days to process. If you have any questions,  please contact Bianca Spurlock at 804-289-8454. The Friends accept cash or check for payment. Please make out checks to the University of Richmond.

Stop by the library anytime! Thank you for being a Friend!



Friends ornaments  

Ornaments are still on sale at Boatwright Library. The commemorative ornaments come in two editions, the Boatwright Tower and Cannon Memorial Chapel. Ornaments are $10 each and can be purchased at the Main Service Desk at Boatwright Library or by calling Bianca Spurlock at 804-289-8454. Payment will be accepted by cash or checks made out to University of Richmond.


The Friends of Boatwright Memorial Library was founded in 1971 by alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of the University of Richmond. The Friends acknowledge the central importance of the Library to the intellectual and cultural life of the University of Richmond and strive to increase public awareness of the wide array of resources and services available through the Library, to expand success to these programs, and to encourage generous giving in support of our excellent Library. Gifts to the Library help us to support one of the finest undergraduate libraries in the nation and a major resource for the state.

We welcome donations to the Library in the form of cash or as bequests and other testamentary plans.

If you have any questions or need additional information about the Friends of the Boatwright Memorial Library, please contact us at:

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Friends of the Boatwright Memorial Library
University of Richmond, VA 23173
(804) 289-8454