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Friends of the Libraries

The Friends of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries was formed in 1983 to bring together collectors and enthusiasts of books, libraries and scholarship, and encourage private book collecting.

The Friends foster interest in and support for the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and its programs—acquisitions, conservation/preservation, exhibitions and publications—and attract gifts and bequests to strengthen the research collections of the libraries.

Member Activities Include:

  • Previews of books exhibitions with related lectures
  • Special viewing of the rare book collections and archives
  • Behind the scenes tours of the Libraries
  • Programs on conservation and preservation
  • Visits to special collections in Chicago

Join Now

Please contact the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries Office at (312) 443-3671 or complete the attached form.