UND Alumni Review
Dear Fellow UND Alumni,
As we head into the heart of the winter months and near the end of the year, the call for charitable donations seems to reach a peak. You’re likely to see bell-ringers standing next to red kettles outside stores, hear pleas for pledges on public radio, and to receive winter newsletters – much like this one – asking for support. Unlike many other charitable donations you might make or consider making, a donation to the University of North Dakota Libraries is one that has tangible value not only to others but to yourself.
It’s hard to spend much time on the UND campus, let alone graduate, without stepping foot inside one of the libraries on campus. The Chester Fritz Library is a centerpiece on the UND campus. In addition to being the main library on campus, it has the distinction of being the largest library in North Dakota and houses over 2 million volumes. It’s collection spans the range from special collections, government documents, popular reading materials, and scholarly works. In addition, the library offers access the dozens of databases which index hundreds of scholarly journals.
The library continues to work hard to address the changing needs of students both on and off campus. It offers space to study, ample computer labs, wireless printing, material delivery for distance students, and a host of other services. Students and faculty alike find the library to be one of the best places on campus to work, collaborate, and relax.
In addition, the Chester Fritz Library opens its doors to anyone, regardless of their affiliation – or lack of affiliation – to the university. Anyone is welcome to enter the library, browse the stacks, and use the study areas. Interested patrons are allowed sign up for a library card and borrow books, no matter whether they are alumni, Grand Forks residents, or otherwise. This policy sets the library apart from many other large university libraries which allow only students, faculty/staff, and some researchers of the university to take advantage of the vast resources they offer.
This policy stems from our goal to provide access to all, regardless of who they are. We believe that access to information is a fundamental right and that it is a duty of the library to provide that access. It’s part of our own mission, and in line with the code of ethics we adopt from professional associations like the ALA.
We hope that you fondly remember your time at UND and recognize the contribution that the library made to your education. Perhaps you studied there every Tuesday night, or spent hours browsing the stacks, or got help from our friendly reference libraries, or made use of interlibrary loan. However you interacted with the library during your time as a student here, we think you’ll agree that it’s a vital part of campus. In a time of dwindling public funding, especially for libraries, we need your help more than ever. With your help, the Chester Fritz Library can remain an important and iconic part of campus life for generations to come.
Please consider donating to the Chester Fritz Library fund this year. You can find all the details on how to donate on the library website.
Head of Acquisitions & Bibliographic Control, Chester Fritz Library