Supporting the Library

A Little Help From Our Friends

Since 1972, the Friends of the TCU Library have been helping the Mary Couts Burnett Library with acquiring reference materials, rare books, electronic resources and material for the collections, as well as providing funds for purchasing equipment and staff support.

These are just some of the many things made possible with a little—in truth, a lot of!—help from our Friends.

Two-page spread from the patent of Nobility

Rare book acquisition

The Friends aided with this purchase of a 400 page Patent of Nobility from the Vice Royalty of Peru, dating from the late 17th century. The manuscript is intended to certify the nobility of Marzelo de Ayala Marin Benavides y Arze, a member of the appellate court of the Vice-Royalty of Peru.
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Library Staff Excellence Award and Luncheon

The Friends present the annual Staff Excellence Award in January of each year at a staff luncheon to members of Library staff who have gone above and beyond to provide exceptional service.
Pictured: Humanities and Theatre Research Librarian Ammie Harrison receiving the Staff Excellence Award in 2011 from Dr. June Koelker, Dean of the TCU Library.

TCU Texas Book Award

This award is a $5000 prize given to the author of the best book about Texas published during each eligibility period, and is funded by the Friends of the TCU Library on a three year cycle.

The award is presented at the annual Friends of the TCU Library banquet.

Cliburn Archival Tapes Digitization

The Cliburn Competition Performance Digitization Project is a searchable interface for digital recordings from the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Archive. The Friends contributed $15,000 towards digitizing recordings from the Cliburn Archival Tapes.

3D Printer

The Friends gave the Library $800 to purchase a 3D printer for the Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory located on the first floor of the TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library. In addition to 3D printers, the Fab Lab offers a high definition 3D scanner, a large scale plotter, and a laser cutter/engraver.

Books and Resources

In 2020, when the Library and the University were facing unprecendented financial pressure, the Friends gave $15,000 to the Library to fund vital books and resources.

A Part of the Library's Community

The Mary Couts Burnett Library is more than just books, it's a community. As a member of the Friends of the Library you are an integral part of this community.

Here are just a few of the many parts of the Library community. Click on the image to see a larger version in a pop-up window.

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Friends of the TCU Library
TCU Box 298400
Fort Worth TX 76129


Contact Shelda Dean
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via phone: 817-257-6109