• Discovering endless possibilities
  • The art of success
  • A Scholarship Opens Doors
  • Scholarship making a dream a reality
  • Vargas’ year in France affirms self-reliance, inspires him to give back
  • Tom and Melinda Cook  + 3 – a true Appalachian family
  • A real-world learning lab
  • The Appalachian Fund: Every Gift Makes a Difference
  • Living for a peaceful world
  • Building a future of hope

Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library

"Every department on campus, every professor, every student, benefits greatly by a healthy, forward-thinking library. I can't imagine anything more vital to the success of a collegiate institution than its library. " - Craig Popelars '89 Library Advisory Board Member and Friend

The University Library – Resources

Belk Library and Information Commons is the academic hub of Appalachian State University. It provides invaluable resources and services to more than 1.3 million visitors each year. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community members enjoy access to expert research guidance, electronic databases, books, journals, magazines and films, as well as state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Join the Friends. Make a difference!

The Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library is a loyal group of donors committed to supporting the library's educational and outreach efforts. Their many goals include the acquisition of important new materials for library collections, presenting an annual summer author series and offering year-round outreach programs and services to Appalachian's students, as well as the many other populations served by the library.

How You Can Help

In order to sustain the margin of excellence created by the University Library and its friends, increased private support is essential. We invite you to get involved in the exciting work of providing superlative resources, services and learning experiences to generations of Mountaineers. Join us, and widen the circle of support that creates lifechanging opportunities for members of our campus community and beyond.

Benefits of Friends Membership

  • Library newsletter and other publications
  • Invitations to special events
  • Library user's card
  • 25% discount on online book orders from UNC Press
  • Recognition in Library publications
  • Please join us in our annual Friends campaign and consider moving to the next level of giving.

Your support is critical!

The University Library offers an important link to significant sources of knowledge that keep us informed and enrich our lives. Your support helps provide print and electronic resources, educational programming and a state-of-the-art information commons for our campus, community and region.