The University of Southern Mississippi


The Friends of University Libraries is an organization providing support for the research, teaching and public service missions of The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries. In addition to supporting the services, facilities and activities of the Libraries, the Friends encourage financial contributions in the form of gifts, endowments and bequests as well as solicit donations of materials for the Libraries' collections.

The Friends also support the Libraries and encourage community involvement through the sponsorship of educational and cultural events such as visits with authors, exhibits and book signings. Members receive invitations to these events as well as copies of all University Libraries publications such as Library Focus, University Libraries' bi-annual newsletter, and Library News, a monthly e-newsletter. 

Members also have access to the resources of the University Libraries in accord with library policy and may check out circulating materials. Membership is renewable on an annual basis. 

Friends of University Libraries Executive Team:

Dawn Smith, Chair

Emilie Aplin

Carla Carlson

Josh Cromwell

Kathryn New

Janessa Ullendorf



Membership in the Friends confers:

  • University Library privileges (excluding remote access) and the ability to check out materials that circulate

  • A 10% Discount at the Hattiesburg Campus Starbucks

  • A 10% Discount at the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast Campus Barnes & Noble

  • A 10% Discount at the Hattiesburg Book Store Main Street Books

  • Invitations to University Libraries' events

  • Copies of all University Libraries publications and periodic updates from the Dean of University Libraries


Members at or above the Contributor level will:

  • Have their names listed in Library Focus, University Libraries' bi-annual newsletter


New members at the Corporate Partner, Life and Dean's Circle level will receive an appreciation plaque.


Members at the Dean's Circle level are invited to select activities in attendance with the Dean of Libraries.


New members at the Life Membership level will be acknowledged in the next issue of Library Focus.



Memberships are valid for one year from the date of joining, excluding the Life membership. Renewal notices are sent approximately one month prior to the end of the individual's membership year. Membership is open to any person interested in the purpose of the organization upon payment of dues. Each member is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors and hold office.

​Membership Levels: 

  • Southern Miss Student - $10.00

  • Friend - $25.00

  • Contributor - $50.00

  • Sponsor - $100.00

  • Benefactor - $250.00

  • Corporate Partner - $500.00

  • Life - One-time fee of $1,000.00

  • Dean's Circle - One-time fee of $1,000.00 and $500.00 Annually 

  • 10% Military discount - active and retired

You can purchase your membership in one of three ways:

Printable Mail-in Form
Sign up at any Southern Miss Libraries' Circulation Desk

University employee payroll deduction

Thank you to our members:

Sponsor Level Members:

John Conner

Dr. Samuel A. Guccione

Ellen Ruffin

Sara Warren

Benefactor Level Members:

Thomas Conway

Dr. Aubrey and Ella Lucas

Robert and Dr. Teresa Welsh

Lifetime Members: 

Daniel Ball

Kelli Overmyer



Curious George Day at the Hattiesburg Zoo

Sponsored by the Friends of University Libraries 

November 12, 2016

Herbert Randall Exhibit Reception

Hosted by the Friends of University Libraries

June, 2014



Tel: 601.266.4241

118 College Drive #5053

Hattiesburg, Miss 39406

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Interested in supported the arts at Southern Miss? 

The arts programs at Southern Miss including Art and Design, Dance and Theatre in the School of Performing and Visual Arts, the School of Music, and the Center for Writers in the School of Humanities are grateful to Partners for the Arts.

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