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Friends of Catawba College Library

The Friends organization exists for the sole purpose of supporting and nurturing Catawba's Corriher-Linn-Black Library. After a brief hiatus, the Friends of the Catawba College Library has been reconstituted and revived in the spring of 2012.

Membership: Membership is open to anyone who wishes to support Catawba's library. Individuals may join by either purchasing a book online via the Amazon Wish List Project (see below) or by paying an annual membership fee. Currently membership costs $20.00 for individuals and $50.00 for businesses or organizations.

Membership and Fundraising Drive via Amazon

In an attempt to expand the Friends membership and strengthen the library's book collection, we have launched a brave new initiative, an Amazon wish list fund-raising drive. The goal is to take some immediate steps to improve the library's holdings -- all without exceeding our normal budget or raising tuition.

Working closely with faculty, the librarians at Catawba have created a list of discipline-specific titles. Anyone who wishes to contribute can now go online to Amazon, access Catawba's collection lists, chose a book from a field or area of your interest, select a title, and pay by credit or debit card. Amazon will then mail the book to the library.

View Library Wish List by Subject

NOTE: Unless you wish your gift to remain anonymous, please include a gift message so we'll know who to thank. You may do this during the checkout process on the website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after you've selected and purchased a book on the Catawba College Library Wish List? How does it get to the library?
Amazon will send the book to the Catawba Library soon after you make your purchase online. Once your book arrives at the library, we will attach an attractive bookplate with your name on it to the inside cover of the book commemorating your gift to the college and your personal patronage of the library. We'll enroll you immediately as a Friend of the Library and note your tax-deductible gift to the college.

Can I order more than one book at a time?
Yes, you may order more than a single book at a time, and you can make subsequent orders.

Can I order from a local or private book store instead of Amazon?
Absolutely! We encourage local bookstore patronage. Here's how you can make that work. Using our Amazon Wish List as your guide, choose a book from the list, purchase it at your local books store, and ask the store (or you may do this yourself, if you wish) to send the book directly to the library. Our address is Friends of the Library, Corriher-Linn-Black Library, 2300 West Innes Street, Salisbury, NC 28144. Make sure that you include your name and address as a donor.

Can I contribute in ways other than buying a book on the Amazon wish list?
Of course! Individuals who would rather donate money may do so by sending a check directly to the Corriher Linn Black Library. (Our address is Corriher-Linn-Black Library, Catawba College, 2300 West Innes St., Salisbury, NC 18144. ) Make your check or money order out specifically to Catawba College with a note indicating that the money is to be used for the Friends. Moreover, gifts in this way can actually be very effective. An anonymous donor has volunteered to match dollar for dollar any such direct cash contributions to the Friends.

What if I have additional questions?
No problem. If you've another question that we haven't answered, you may call or email Steve McKinzie, director of the library: 704-637-4449 or email