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Contributing to the TCU Experience

TCU graduateWhat makes a really good library even better? In the case of the Mary Couts Burnett Library, it is the Friends of the TCU Library. Each year the Friends support the Library with special purchases for the collections, for the staff, or for the facilities. In recent years the Friends provided funding for two specialized databases, Global Commodities, a database that focuses on fifteen significant commodities whose stories inform world history, and Caribbean Newspapers 1718-1876, a database collection of 18th and 19th century newspapers from the region. The Friends provide funding for the Library Staff Excellence Award given in January of each year at a staff luncheon.

The Friends have a long history of funding rare book purchases with a recent one being a 400 page Patent of Nobility from the Vice Royalty of Peru, dating from the late 17th century. The manuscript is intended to certify the nobility of Marzelo de Ayala Marin Benavides y Arze, a member of the appellate court of the Vice-Royalty of Peru. The Friends continue to underwrite the annual Friends of the Library Banquet, sponsoring a presentation and visit by a nationally known author to the TCU campus each year. The TCU Texas Book Award, a prize given to the best book about Texas, is funded by the Friends of the TCU Library on a three year cycle. Since the organization's founding in 1972, the Friends of the TCU Library have enriched our campus with their generosity. They make a really good library even better!

Contact Us

For more information, contact:
     Shelda Dean
     Email: s.dean@tcu.edu
     Phone: 817.257.6109
     Fax: 817.257.7282

Mailing Address:
     Friends of the TCU Library
     TCU Box 298400
     Fort Worth, TX 76129