The Friends of the Duke University Libraries was founded in 1930 as The Associates of Duke University Library by William K. Boyd, professor of history and director of the libraries to "promote the development of libraries through voluntary contributions, and to create a larger interest among alumni and friends in improving the book collections." The Friends have celebrated library milestones over the years. In the early 1970's the Friends took a new direction, seeking "a more visible and active role." This trend continues today, as the Friends Executive Committee continues to enhance programs which share the importance of Duke Libraries with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Durham community. In 2010, we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Friends.
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