The Friends of Boatwright Memorial Library

The Friends send condolences to the family of Elizabeth Brown Pryor, this year's 2015 Peple Lecturer

The Friends of the Boatwright Memorial Library were honored to have had Elizabeth Brown Pryor as its 2015 Peple Lecturer. Her engaging manner, knowledge, professionalism, and friendliness endeared her to us as her hosts and to the audience in attendance that day. Her knowledge and commitment to scholarly research were very evident in the remarks she shared with us. Ms. Brown Pryor passed away Monday April 13, 2015.  She was the kind of person that once you met her, you wanted to get to know her better. We are so very sorry and share with many others in this community in her tragic loss.

The Friends mourn the passing of Paul Porterfield, Head of the Media Resource Center at University of Richmond

paulThe Friends of Boatwright Library and the University of Richmond campus community are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Paul C. Porterfield on Tuesday, April 7. Paul began his professional career at the Atlanta Public Library in Georgia and went on to work at DeKalb County Public schools, Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. and Fairfax County (Va.) Public Library before becoming the Head of the Media Resource Center at  University of Richmond. There, he co-coordinated the acclaimed International Film Series, for which the Friends have sponored a wine and cheese reception for the past two years. Paul will certainly be missed.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 11. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery. His obituary can be found at: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association at

The University of Richmond flag will fly at half-staff from Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, in recognition of Paul.  

2015 Spring Annual Meeting


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:

Friends of Boatwright Memorial Library
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173-0002

Friends Membership choices are the following:

  • Individual $35
  • Family $50
  • Supporting $100
  • 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