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The Friends of Boatwright Memorial Libraries

About the Friends

The Friends of Boatwright Memorial Libraries 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 Libraries, please contact us at:

loglFriends of the Boatwright Memorial Libraries
University of Richmond, VA 23173
(804) 289-8456



Time for renewal...

It's time for the 2019-2020 renewal cycle for the Friends of Boatwright Memorial Libraries! Last year was exciting and full of new and innovative programming for our members. This year, we awarded, as we have done previously, the Student Employee Recognition Award to Daniel Simon. This award recognized his contribution to the work of the library with a check for $1000 and his name added to the award wall in the library.  The Friends also sponsored information sessions with library employees across various departments including Administration, Digital Scholarship Lab, Parsons Music Library, and Rare Books and Special Collections to understand how their roles support our faculty, staff, students, and library patrons. We also welcomed Historian and Author, Charles F. Bryan Jr., Ph.D. as our 30th annual Peple Lecture speaker. We'd like to continue these events and others similar in the 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.

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 Libraries
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173-0002

Friends Membership choices are the following:

  • Individual $35
  • Family $50
  • 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 Kevin Butterfield at 804-289-8456. 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!

Coasters For Sale


For anyone interested in purchasing some FBML items, we have coasters that have been created right in Boatwright Libraries very own Book Arts Studio.

Coasters (set of 4) are $10 each and can be purchased at the Main Service Desk at Boatwright Library or by calling Kevin Butterfield at 804-289-8456. Payment will be accepted by cash or checks made out to University of Richmond.