"I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future, can all be tested by how well we support our libraries." -- Carl Sagan

Friends of the Libraries members meeting around a tableFriends of the Libraries is an organization of individuals dedicated to assisting the University Libraries in many ways:

  • Advancing University academic achievement by supporting students and faculty with information resources of all kinds.
  • Enriching the academic, social, cultural, economic and research environment for Colorado by providing easy access to the most up-to-date information.
  • Nurturing the community's interests through exhibits, lectures and special collections -- such as children's books, Western Americana, mountaineering, art, music, etc.

We also conduct a series of activities and events to which the University and Boulder communities are invited. 

We invite you to join the Friends in our goals to strengthen the University Libraries. For more information on our activities or joining the Friends, contact Lisa Kippur at 303-492-7512 or lisa.kippur@colorado.edu

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Upcoming Events

Friends of the CU Libraries Presents “Spring Treasures” with Cartographer Chris Lane
Thursday, March 8th, 5:30 p.m., Benson Earth Sciences

The Friends of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries will sponsor their “Spring Treasures” event in March 2018 with a presentation by Chris Lane, Cartographer. Lane will speak about the handful of artists who specialized in drawing views of early Colorado communities, mostly of the Front Range and western Colorado. These artists often printed their work as single images to sell to the populace and to advertise migration opportunities to people in the Eastern U.S. Their images also ended up on showy maps of the state and in picturesque “albums."

Chris Lane is located in Denver Colorado and is the owner of The Philadelphia Print Shop West. Chris researches, lectures, and writes extensively on old prints and maps. He has written numerous articles that have appeared in journals and books, as well as a series of booklets on print and map collecting.

Chris was on the “panel of experts” for the American Print Collectors Society’s project and the New Best 50 Currier & Ives prints. Beginning in 1997, Chris has appeared as the regular print and map appraisers for public television’s Antiques Roadshow.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Lisa Kippur at (303) 492-7512.