Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library

The Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library, named to honor the University Librarian who served for 20 years in the 1970s and 1980s, is committed to promoting cultural and intellectual endeavors, and to enhancing the Libraries’ resources and services.


Why support the libraries?

The University Libraries are the academic hub of Appalachian State University, and our resources and services are crucial to the total learning experience. The Libraries receive more than 1.3 million visits a year, a testament to our importance to the University community and an indication of the challenges we face.

The following is a partial list of Friends activities:

  • Acquisition of important new materials for the Libraries' collections
  • Year-round outreach programs for student, faculty, alumni, donors, and community members
  • Annual reception for faculty who published a book in the previous year
  • Reception for international students each spring and fall
  • Hosting visiting writers and other special events

How you can help

The Libraries are grateful to have a loyal group of donors committed to supporting the University Libraries. But we want to widen the circle to include you as a Friend. Increased private support is essential if we are to maintain the margin of excellence that we have worked so hard to build. 

Membership benefits:

  • Library newsletters and other publications
  • Invitations to special events
  • Library user’s card
  • Ability to order books online from UNC Press in Chapel Hill at a 25% discount
  • Recognition in Library publications

Join the Friends

You can join the Friends of the Library online. Just select your membership level from the list below, enter the corresponding amount in the donation form and designate it as a gift to the "Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library," and pay by credit card or Paypal:

Membership Levels

  • $35.00 Bookworm
  • $50.00 Booklover
  • $100.00 Bibliophile
  • $250.00 Book Collector
  • $500.00 Conservator
  • $1,000.00 Author
  • $2,500.00 Cupola Society*

*Cupola Society members receive rights and privileges extended to the University’s Chancellor’s Society, including a campus parking decal.

If you prefer to pay by check or payroll deduction, you may print this form (PDF) and return by mail.


Lynn Patterson
University Libraries
Appalachian State University
P.O. Box 32026
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2087