Support the Growth and Development of the Waidner-Spahr Library

The Friends of the Dickinson College Library continue a tradition begun at the time of the school's founding, giving to the college as John Dickinson and Benjamin Rush did two centuries ago, giving of themselves in the common pursuit of knowledge. Members are committed to providing financial support for the further care and development of Dickinson's fine library collections.

Become a Friend

The Friends of the Dickinson College Library encourages everyone to join who shares in the pursuit of knowledge and feels a strong commitment to personal growth through learning.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Dickinson College Library, we have provided a printable membership form (PDF) for your convenience. Fill out the form and mail it to the address provided.

If you prefer to make an online donation to the Waidner-Spahr Library, please use the Dickinson College giving page and select "The Waidner-Spahr Library" from the Designation drop-down menu.


The Cartouche is the newsletter of the Waidner-Spahr library. The newsletter is available online. Printed copies of the current issue are available at the Library and mailed to Friends.


Another way in which you can show your support is through the donation of your time. The Friends of the Library is always looking for people to volunteer their time and energy. You don't have to be a Friend to volunteer, but why not reap the benefits that come from being one?

Do you like looking through old photographs? Do you enjoy reading letters and diaries that were written well before you were even born? Would you just like to know why a school so far from the sea would have a mermaid perched atop its oldest building? Whatever your interests, you can rest assured that there are tasks to be done that are right up your alley.

For more than half a century, Dickinson College has been actively collecting papers, photographs, and artifacts that reveal the history of the institution and its personalities. The volume of materials held within the Archives and Special Collections Department has continued to grow at an ever more rapid pace.

As the collections have grown, the demand for use of these materials has increased dramatically. In order to help us keep up with the incoming supply of papers and photos, as well as to accommodate the rising demand for their use, we would like to make everyone aware of the many opportunities for volunteer service. 

Appropriate training will be provided, so inexperience is not a concern. Every day brings another opportunity for discovery, to learn something about Dickinson that you never knew before.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact College Archivist Jim Gerencser by phone (717-245-1399) or via e-mail (


In October 1971, in anticipation of Dickinson's bicentennial celebration, a group of faculty and alumni met to discuss the possible creation of an organization to support the ongoing growth and development of the Boyd Lee Spahr Library. This group comprised the core of a larger committee which would see to the administration of the Friends of the Dickinson College Library, a newly established "society of book-lovers, sharing a common interest in history, literature and the prosperity of Dickinson College as a community of students and scholars." From the beginning, this group viewed itself as providing support for both the library in general as well as the rare books and special collections more particularly.