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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the purpose of the Friends of the TCU Library?
  2. Why should I join the Friends?
  3. What opportunities are there for Friends members?
  4. What are the benefits of Friends membership?
  5. How do I contact the Friends?
  6. What library resources are available for visitors?
  7. Where can I go for more information about the library?
What is the purpose of the Friends of the TCU Library?

  • To underscore the importance of the TCU Library in the University's overall mission.
  • To encourage and attract gifts in the form of bequests, endowments, books, manuscripts, and other appropriate materials.
  • To provide opportunities to meet persons who share an interest in and enthusiasm for books, libraries, and reading.
  • To encourage an understanding and appreciation of the Mary Couts Burnett Library and its Special Collections.

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Why should I join the Friends?

The Friends of the TCU Library play an important role in supporting acquisitions and operations for the Library. You can become a part of a legacy that began when the Friends were founded in 1972. You will meet like-minded individuals who share your interest in TCUís Library. We are always interested in new Friends and hope you will consider joining us!

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What opportunities are there for Friends members?

Friends of the TCU Library have the opportunity to assist by:

  • Volunteering to help with special projects.
  • Alerting the Dean of the Library to potential donors of book collections or financial contributions.
  • Encouraging friends and colleagues to become Friends members and to make gifts to the TCU Library.
  • Regularly attending Friends-sponsored events.

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What are the benefits of Friends membership?

Basic Membership: ($35 - $49)

  • Invitations to the annual Friends dinner.
  • Invitations to FacultySpeak events.
  • Receipt of Windows, the Friends newsletter.
  • Receipt of the TCU Library Annual Report.

Associate Level Membership: ($50-$99)

  • All of the previous benefits.
  • Mary Couts Burnett Library borrowing card allowing the holder to borrow books from the Library.

Patron Level Membership ($100 - $499)

  • All of the previous benefits.
  • Invitations to FacultySpeak receptions.
  • Subscription to Selections from the Dean, an e-newsleter of recommended reading.

Sponsor Level Membership ($500 - $1,999)

  • All of the previous benefits.
  • Library Staff Excellence Award Luncheon invitation.
  • Interlibrary loan privileges.

Life Membership ($2,000 one-time gift)

  • All of the previous benefits.
  • Memberís name included in recognition with other Life Members in the Deanís office.
  • Access to library databases (selection of databases depends on vendor license agreements).

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How do I contact the Friends?

Shelda Dean is the contact for the Friends of the TCU Library. You can reach her via:

  • Email: s.dean@tcu.edu
  • Phone: 817.257.6109
  • Fax: 817.257.7282
  • Post:
         Friends of the TCU Library
         TCU Box 298400
         Fort Worth, TX 76129

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What library resources are available for visitors?

Resources available for visitors to the TCU Library include:

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Where can I go for more information about the library?

Library information visitors may find useful:

If you have further questions about the library, you may check the website at http://library.tcu.edu, call the Reference desk at 817.257.7112, or ask a librarian through one of several different methods.

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