Friends of the Library

Great libraries form the core of great universities, allowing their users in every field to make connections, find answers, and pose new questions. The Stony Brook University Libraries, with a collection of more than two million volumes and state-of-the-art information services, fills this essential role for our students, faculty, and the surrounding community.


Public librarians regularly refer their patrons to the libraries at Stony Brook University. High school students come to do research. Community musicians use our music carrels to listen to musical masterpieces. Corporations seek out our specialty business, engineering, and scientific libraries, among others, for the vital information that only a research library can offer. Our audio-visual collection is a source of some of the finest films for our users. And, of course, students and faculty benefit significantly from the Libraries’ accessibility. Stony Brook University is proud of the Libraries’ exceptional reputation.

Become a Friend

By becoming a Friend, you will be making an investment in the future of the Stony Brook University Libraries. Our resources and many cultural activities enrich the academic life of your community. Your membership will support the:


  • Acquisition of significant collections and cutting-edge information technology
  • Renovations and enhancement of study spaces and reading rooms
  • Preservation and conservation of collections
  • Expansion of services and programs available to the community

Your Membership Makes a Difference

  • $60 purchases one new book
  • $100 supports a Library program
  • $500 helps acquire sound recordings and musical scores
  • $1000 conserves and repairs five books
  • $5000 maintains an electronic database
  • Larger gifts offer naming opportunities

Benefits of Friends Membership

  • Members-only events, tours, and tutorials
  • Library system-sponsored programs and exhibits
  • Library borrowing privileges (excluding the Health Sciences Library)
  • In-house access to digital collections, databases, and information services
  • Use of the Special Collection’s rare books, manuscripts, and archives
  • Subscription to the Library newsletter

To join, fill out a membership form (FOTL form) or contact:

Hanne Tracy, Coordinator, Friends of the Library
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Phone 631-632-7115