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Hiram College Library

Hiram College Library fosters intellectual excellence and encourages lifelong learning in the Hiram community.

Friends Membership Details

Friends of the Library members are crucial to the success of our Libraries, helping to build distinctive collections, support new technologies, and pioneer new programs and services.

Friends of the Library membership begins when a donor makes an annual gift of $25 or more.

Levels of Membership

  • Student: $5.00
  • Friend: $30.00
  • Century: $100
  • Director's Club: $1,000

Libraries’ Friend members are entitled to:

  • Library borrowing privileges. (Contact Terri Foy at to request a card.)
  • Notices of library events.
  • Subscription to the Friends of the Library newsletter, the Flyleaf.

Make your gift now, or for more information on giving, contact Terri Foy, Circulation Manager at or 330-569-5359

Welcome Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Hiram College Library is a highly successful organization, one of the most successful such groups in Ohio, if not the country. Since its founding in 1984, the group has contributed more than half a million dollars in support of the library. Recently the Governing Board approved vision and mission statements to guide the Friends into the 21st century.

Vision Statement

The Friends of the Hiram College Library envisions continuing and increasing its funding and programmatic support of the Hiram College Library as the library expands its services to meet the changing scholarly and educational needs of the future, including the new teaching/learning, research, and recreational needs of the faculty, students and staff. The Friends will also pursue ways to meet the needs of members residing in the surrounding community who are part of the broader world of learning but not part of the official Hiram College family.


Mission Statement

Building upon the PURPOSE of the Friends of the Hiram College Library as stated in ARTICLE II of the BY-LAWS, the Mission of the Friends shall be:

  • To plan activities and programs which appeal to a wide audience, both within and without the Hiram College community;
  • To better communicate the activities of the Friends by means of an enhanced web site; electronic communications with members via e-mail; and wider print advertising;
  • To attract more interest in the Friends among campus groups (students, faculty, staff), who directly benefit from Friends’ support of the library;
  • To facilitate access for Friends’ members to the resources of the library, whether within the building or in the broader information world;
  • To produce additional income to support the library by defining new membership categories and increasing the membership.

If you have any questions, please contact Terri Foy, Circulation Manager at or 330-569-5359 to join the Friends of the Library today!

Friends of the Library Events:

Friends of the Library Fall Program: Ben Wolford, The Portager

Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register to receive the Zoom link.

Ben Wolford, publisher of The Portager, a news startup in Portage County, Ohio, will discuss the origins of The Portager in the context of the consolidation and destruction of local newsrooms across the country. After a hedge fund acquired the Record-Courier in 2017, its new owners have followed the same script intended to maximize profits at the expense of the community: firing journalists, reducing coverage and raising subscription costs. Wolford argues that when communities lose their local newspaper, it hurts civic participation and increases political polarization. The Portager and other news startups like it offer a solution.

Wolford is a graduate of Waterloo High School and Kent State University. He has a degree in Journalism and currently lives in Brazil with his wife and children. Wolford founded the Portager in March 2020. He also works in the family business, Wolford Communications, a marketing firm founded by his father, and is the English language editor at il manifesto, an Italian newspaper. Wolford volunteers with Empowerment Avenue, an organization helping incarcerated journalists get published.

Hiram College Library Events

Some Hiram College Library events are open to the public. Visit the library's events page for more information. 

Members of the Friends of the Library Board:

President: Ella Kirk
Vice President: Demetria Patrick
Recording Secretary: Joanne Sawyer
Corresponding Secretary: Terri Foy
Past President: Jeff Wanser
Treasurer: Janet Vogel
Members at Large: Lisa Johnson, Eileen Everett
Flyleaf Editor: Eileen Everett
Student Representative: Kerry Hamilton
Development Representative: Carly Arthur

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting (online):

The Friends of the Library hosted their 2021 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 18 with Guest Speaker Hiram College President, David Haney, PhD. Most of the meeting was recorded and is available online with the exception of the welcome from the Friends President, Jeff Wanser, and the introduction to President Haney. Meeting minutes are also available