Friends of the Library

Become a Friend of the Library

The Friends of the Library is a group that is committed to supporting the University Library and its collections by: 

  • helping us expand our cultural and historical collections through generous donations
  • believing in and supporting the work of the UQ Library
  • attending Library events with friends and colleagues

Become a Friend of the Library by donating annually towards our priority areas within the Library. Gifts go towards:

  • providing world-class resources that enable us to acquire new materials that respond to the needs of UQ courses, academics and students
  • growing our rare books and cultural and historical collections within the Fryer Library   
  • preserving and liberating our collections through digitisation
  • funding the Fryer Fellowship to increase research into our collections
  • awards for high achieving students who use the Library to support their learning
  • innovative learning spaces for students and researchers

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Benefits of membership

Members receive invitations to a range of events throughout the year such as author 'in-conversation' sessions and talks, lectures, exhibitions, 'behind-the-scenes' tours, and social events. Also:

  • a copy of Fryer Folios, the annual publication of the Fryer Library
  • an annual event to see new accessions to our collection
  • invitations to private exhibition tours and exclusive white glove events
  • recognition as a supporter of the Library.

​Please note that Friends of the Library membership does not include community borrowing

About Friends of the Library

Friends play a vital role in the development of the Library. The support and advocacy of our Friends group has contributed to the development of one of the nation’s finest research libraries and its unique cultural and heritage collections.

History

Friends of the Library has a long history of philanthropy and community.

Friends of Fryer

Established in 1978, the group met regularly and helped to grow the cultural and heritage collections of the Library.

From 1993, the group established a program of events to enable wider access to the treasures that the Library holds on behalf of the community.

Friends of the Library

The group became known as Friends of the Library in 2014, signalling an expanded program and diverse membership. Dedicated members and the Fryer community remain an integral part of the Friends group.

Patron

The Honorable Justice Ian David Francis Callinan QC AC

Born on 1 September 1937 in Casino, NSW, Ian Callinan was raised in Brisbane and educated at Brisbane Grammar School and The University of Queensland.

In addition to his distinguished legal career, Ian Callinan has devoted much time to supporting the arts in Queensland. He was Chairman of the Brisbane Community Arts Centre from 1973 to 1978, trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery from 1987 to 1990, and chair of the trustees of the Queensland Art Gallery from 1997 to 1998.

A committed art collector for the past 45 years, he was also appointed to the Council of the National Gallery of Australia for a three-year term in 2007.

He is a published novelist and playwright with eight novels to his name to date.
 

If you would like more information about Friends of the Library, please contact:

Erin Pearl

Advancement Manager

Erin Pearl

+ 61 7 336 53483