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Friends of Sterne Library

All great universities depend heavily upon their friends for financial support and gifts of materials. The Friends of Sterne Library, organized in 1977, is the support group that has enabled Sterne Library to develop its collections in exciting and significant ways. Through the generous contributions of the friends, Sterne Library has acquired outstanding collections in Art History, Ethics, Business, History, Women's Studies, Chemistry, and Sociology. Questions regarding the Friends of Sterne Library may be addressed to the circulation staff in person at the Circulation Desk on the first floor or by telephone at 934-4338.


  • To promote the importance of Sterne Library to the University and the community.
  • To encourage gifts to support the development of outstanding collections.
  • To contribute to the growth and enrichment of Sterne Library, UAB, and the community.

  • Gifts

    Gifts to the book fund are essential for the library to continue to grow. Gifts may be designated for specific subject areas, to purchase special items, or they may be undesignated. Undesignated gifts are important because they allow the library to acquire a wide range of materials for which present funds are inadequate. The University invites you to become a member of the Friends of Sterne Library and to join in the effort to make Sterne Library an outstanding educational and research facility that will benefit all the citizens of Birmingham and Alabama.


    Membership forms for the Friends of Sterne Library are available at the Circulation Desk. Membership benefits include borrowing privileges for all members presenting a current membership card. A maximum of ten books may be checked out, for a period of two weeks. Borrowing privileges extend to all adult family members of Benefactor, Patron, or Family card holders.

    Members may also access database resources and online materials from inside the Library, using a password obtained at the
    Reference Desk. They cannot access most of these materials from off campus. For more information about using the computers in the Library, please see Using the Computers in Sterne Library or ask at the Reference Desk.

    Annual Membership
    Benefactor$1,000 or more
    Patron$500 or more
    Family$150 or more
    Individual$50 or more
    UAB Faculty and Staff$25 or more
    UAB Students$10 or more