Library Society


The Library Society recognizes the generosity of private benefactors who choose to support the University of Missouri through gifts to the MU Libraries. These gifts enable the Libraries to sustain a margin of excellence in support of the teaching, research and service programs of the University by acquiring scholarly resources, developing innovative services and applying new information technologies to meet user needs.

Membership in the Library Society is open to all alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Missouri. Current faculty, staff and retirees may become members with an annual contribution of $500. Annual Membership is granted to contributors of at least $1,000 during any calendar year, and memberships are renewable on January 1. Members contributing or pledging $50,000 or more over five years qualify for named library endowments. All cumulative member contributions count toward Sustaining Membership status.

There are six levels of Sustaining Membership available to individuals who contribute or pledge the amounts in the chart below, over a period of no more than five years. All prior gifts to the MU Libraries, along with any corporate matching gifts, count toward Sustaining Membership. Sustaining Members also qualify for membership in the University’s Jefferson Club. Donors that wish to become members of the Library Society may do so by visiting our giving page and selecting MU Libraries Gift Fund as the designation. After choosing “Library Society” from the drop-down menu and providing payment details, new members will receive confirmation of their membership along with a small token of our gratitude.

Member $50,000
Fellow $100,000
Distinguished Fellow $250,000
Very Distinguished Fellow $500,000
Diplomat $1,000,000
Ambassador $5,000,000

Benefits of Library Society membership include:

  • Invitations to special Library Society events, including the annual dinner held in April.
  • Recognition on Library and University honor rolls
  • Periodic newsletters and publications