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Friends of the Library

Join the Friends of the Horrmann Library


The Wagner College Friends of the Library group works closely with the Library DIrector and the Office of Institutional Advancement to provide the most effective Library services to students and faculty. It promotes and supports the use of advanced technology to enhance available resources by participating in fund raising activities for Library projects. The Library is also the venue for a variety of campus-wide events including art exhibits and other special programming. The Library strives to be a vibrant and dynamic presence on campus. The Friends of the Library are central to that mission.

Planning and organizing are spearheaded by the FoL Steering Committee, but membership is open to anyone interested in the support, promotion, and growth of the library and Wagner College.

In Memoriam

Former Friends of the Library remain in our hearts and minds. Our gratitude for their support of the Horrmann Library and of past and future Wagner students abides.

Diane Borst Manning Berg, '59, M'62 - Diane was the first and founding chairperson of the Friends of the Library. She will be greatly missed.

John Deane, '53 - John was a talented sculptor, gardener and environmental activist. His love of Wagner is reflected in his participation in the Friends and his generous donation of two of his sculptures which can be found on display in the library, for the enjoyment of all.

Carl Westerdahl, '59 - Carl was a very active Wagner College alumnus, mobilizing the Class of 1959 as its 50th anniversary reunion approached and organizing “Wagner ’59 and Friends,” which raised the money that made possible the construction of the Class of 1959 Learning Commons in Horrmann Library, a suite of four high-tech group study rooms adjacent to the library’s Great Room that were dedicated in 2011.

Donations may be made in honor of any Friend or alumnus through the Wagner College donations page (Using the "Designation" dropdown menu please select "Friends of the Horrmann Library" You can specify details in the Comments box as you complete your donation online.

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The Wagner College Friends of the Library works to provide the very best educational resources for students through the academic heart of the College. They promote the use of advanced technology to further enhance the resources available to students, faculty and other library users. All contributions help the Library provide the best technology and information resources for Wagner College students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Funding Priorities for The Horrmann Library

  • DATABASE SUBSCRIPTION SUPPORT - Funds donated for database support will defray the ever-rising costs of journal subscriptions.
    We anticipate at least a 5% increase in cost every academic year
  • COLLECTION SUPPORT - Funds to purchase books/DVDs in the following subject areas in need of significant updating over and above normal annual purchases:*
    Nursing (accredited program) – 150 volumes, $80 avg. price per item
    Business Administration (accredited program) – 200 volumes, $50 avg. price per item
    Education (accredited program) – 100 volumes, $35 avg. price per item
    Physician Assistant (accredited program) – 25 volumes, $100 avg. price per item
    Modern Languages – internationalization, additional languages offered in the curriculum – 75 volumes, $35 avg. price per item
    Computer Science – 25 volumes, $62 avg. price per item
    *Due to long-established relationships with vendors and publishers the Library is able to realize significant discounts on purchased materials.
  • GENERAL SUPPORT - Additional ways you can help the Library:
    Friends of the Library Inner Circle – $1500 – includes Wagner College Inner Circle benefits

Gift Materials Acceptance Policy

In addition to donations of funds, the Horrmann Library also welcomes gifts and contributions for the development of its collection if the content is current and support the curriculum. Gifts are evaluated by the same standard as purchased items to ensure that the collection maintains quality, consistency, and relevance to the needs of the college. Restrictions apply regarding gift acceptance policy and are as follows.

Gift materials are accepted under the following conditions:

  • The Library reserves the right to determine their retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to their use. Bookplates identifying the donor will be provided upon request. Items not appropriate for the collection will be discarded.
  • In rare cases gifts will be refused if there are unacceptable conditions attached to the donation (i.e. restrictive borrowing limits) not in keeping with the mission of the Library.
  • To protect the donor and the College and comply with U.S. tax laws, the Library cannot appraise gifts for tax purposes.
  • The donation of old books, magazines, newspapers, or items in poor condition is discouraged.

Please contact Lisa Holland, Director of the Library, for further information, or 718-420-4219.