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Dear reader,

To brighten 2021, please consider the joy and benefits of becoming a member of the Friends of the Princeton University Library. Founded in 1930, the Friends is an association of individuals interested in books, manuscripts, and graphic arts who help enhance the resources of the Princeton University Library and promote scholarship and research based upon its special holdings. The Friends secure gifts and bequests and provide funds for the purchase of rare books, manuscripts, and other materials to enrich the Library’s collections.  We also award grants to scholars who are engaged in research or writing for which the resources of the Princeton University Library are essential.

During this pandemic, the Friends have been utilizing online audio-visual technology to provide a robust array of engaging events for our members. Friends will be invited to an April 2021 panel discussion among selected scholars and writers regarding the recently unlocked T.S. Eliot letters to Emily Hale, which had been vaulted at Princeton since 1965. Each month, members can participate in our Small Talks featuring speakers that include authors, writers, poets, Princeton University curators, and Princeton faculty members.  Virtual visits to outstanding collections of some of our members are also presented. The Bibliophiles and Collectors group gathers most months to hear speakers on a variety of collecting topics as well as news from participants on their collecting. Additionally, the Student Friends of the Princeton University Library are planning virtual events focused on some wonderful institutional collections that are generally overlooked. Those who join the Friends now, will soon receive the revived Princeton University Library Chronicle, which focuses on the Library’s Collections, the University, and the Princeton, NJ community. 

So, if you would like to become associated with a community deeply interested in books and devoted to one of the world’s greatest research libraries, we urge you join the Friends of the Princeton University library. No affiliation with Princeton University is required, and the annual cost of membership is as little as $75. As a further incentive, those who join now will be enrolled for the current membership year ending June 30, 2021, as well as the next, ending June 30, 2022. You may become a member here, or by email libraryf@princeton.edu to learn more.

We very deeply appreciate your interest in the Friends and in the Princeton University Library.

Sincerely yours,

P. Randolph Hill ’72                                  Bruce Willsie ’86                                       
Chair of the Friends                                  Chair, Membership Committee

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