Library Friends Book Grants

By Kathryn Blackmer Reyes, Ethnic Studies and Multicultural Librarian

For more than seven years, the Friends of the CSUS Library have provided grants to the Library for purchase of materials and other library needs. These grants are awarded to proposals submitted by faculty twice a year (January 31 and June 31) to help build Library collections. Because of the current reductions in the budget for materials, the Friends current priority is to fund proposals for materials.

The proposal process is relatively painless, requiring only a few paragraphs on the rationale, a bibliography, and the cost of the proposed materials. Grants have been given to fund materials purchases across all subject fields, most recently for Japanese anime and manga, engineering, history reference, international relations, and art.

Throughout the year, the Friends sell books in the Book Bin on the Library’s Lower Level and hold fundraisers to benefit the library. The Friends typically give from $2,500 to $5,000 in each grant cycle, and at the end of this fiscal year donated an additional $11,000 for materials. In 2004 the Friends gave the Library over $27,000 in grants and gifts.

The call for grants yields from five to 15 proposals. The Friends will fund as many as their budget allows as long as the proposals conform to its current priorities.

As teaching faculty, do you know of a subject area that could benefit from a grant? Contact your library liaison to collaborate in the process. If you have questions, contact Kerry Wood in Library Administration, or contact your library liaison. If you are interested in joining the “Friends of the CSUS Library” contact Kerry Wood at or 278-6467.