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Friends of the Library

About the Friends

The Friends of the CSUN Library was founded so that members of the community might become active participants in the Library at California State University, Northridge.

Since its beginnings in 1958, CSU Northridge has rapidly grown into one of the largest universities in California. The Library has grown in size and prestige along with the campus. In order to ensure the continued quality of the Library's collection, and to extend the cultural resources of the Library into the community, the Friends of the CSUN Library group has been established.

The Friends is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the resources of the University Library.

Bookbinding Exhibition


Among many other activities, the Friends sponsor cultural programs, give out student scholarships, organize fund-raising events, select the annual "San Fernando Valley Book of the Year Award," sell used books, support volunteer activities, and encourage gifts and endowments.


Volunteers are needed for a variety of Friends activities, including working with the Gift Book Program, serving on the student scholarship selection committee, and promoting literary culture at CSUN.

Contact the Friends Office at (818) 677-2638 to sign up.

Elizabethan Exhibition


Joining the Friends of the Library at the level of General Member or above will entitle you to special Library privileges*. You will also receive invitations to Library events and meet other community members who share your interest in books and knowledge, and in your commitment to the improvement of the community's cultural resources.

More importantly, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your membership contribution is being used to buy books and other materials, to purchase needed equipment, to sponsor exhibits, and to provide cultural programming.

Your membership helps the Library remain strong and vital. Become a member of the Friends today! Please join us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Membership information and application

* Please note: there are some restrictions to Library access with a member's Library Card.