Community, Gifts and Grants

Alumnus Will Boost New Friends of the Library Gifts

Howard Holsenbeck, UNC class of 1963

Have you considered joining the Friends of the Library at UNC? Your gift could go twice as far if you join by the end of the year.

A generous match challenge from longtime Library supporter Howard Holsenbeck will add $100 to the first 100 new Friends memberships of at least $100 each. Gifts must be made by Dec. 31, 2011.

Although it sounds complicated, the idea is simple. “Giving to the Library is one of the best investments I’ve ever made,”  said Holsenbeck, a member of the UNC class of 1963. “I’d like to encourage others to join me.”

Holsenbeck’s support for the Library reaches back to the year of his graduation, when he sent $50 to what he called “the most important part of the University.” Since then he has made a gift every single year, often several a year, to support the collections of the University Library. A previous Holsenbeck challenge in 2010 doubled 10 gifts of $1,000 from new donors to the Library.

“Howard Holsenbeck epitomizes the generosity of our Friends of the Library,” said University Librarian Sarah Michalak. “He wants to share the sense of purpose and commitment with others by encouraging them to give to the Library, too.”

Friends of the Library at all levels receive the biannual magazine Windows and advance notification of Library events and exhibits. Friends also receive a library borrower’s card that gives access to resources in any campus library (minimum annual gift of $25). At higher giving levels, building and endowment naming opportunities are available.

You may make a gift to the Library at any time online, or contact Peggy Myers, Director of Library Development,, (919) 843-5651.

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