For immediate release | November 19, 2013

Toolkit on starting an academic friends group available from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries has made available a free toolkit to those looking to start a friends of the library group at a college, community college or university.

“Academic Library Friends: A Tookit for Getting Started – You Can Do This!” was written by Charles D. Hanson, director of Kettering Library Services, Kettering University, and past president, Friends of Michigan Libraries. Available at, the toolkit provides information on the value of a friends group, how to get started, developing a mission, marketing and more.

Also available at are two additional free toolkits. “Libraries Need Friends: Starting a Friends Group or Revitalizing the One You Have” includes tips on membership, outreach, fundraising and more. “Friends Groups: Critical Support for School Libraries” is geared toward school librarians looking to create a friends group.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or



Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries