Friends of the ODU Libraries News and Events

The Friends host a variety of events each year to help support the Old Dominion University Libraries.

Friends of the Libraries Newsletter

The Friends of the Libraries Newsletter has all the latest information about what's happening at the Libraries and the Friends' efforts to support them.

Fall Book Sale

The annual book sale is managed by the library’s staff association with help from members of the Friends of the Library. Friends members are offered the opportunity to preview and shop the sale one evening before the sale opens to the public. Members wishing to donate books to the sale may drop them off at the circulation desk of the Perry Library in advance of the sale dates.

“Meet the Author” Events

Author Dinner

The Annual Author Dinner features guest speakers from various disciplines. Recent speakers have been Dr. Steve A. Yetiv, Dr. Craig L. Symonds, and David Poyer.

Book signing events have included Dr. Keith D. Dickson, Dan Ailey and James Zumwalt.

Outstanding Achievement Award


The Friends of the Library present an award each year at the Annual Author Dinner to a member of the university community who has consistently excelled through writing in his or her discipline for a span of years. The recipient in 2014 was Tim Seibles, Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department of Old Dominion University.

Baskets for Books

Baskets for Books

Information about the past and future Baskets for Books Events

Silent Auction

The Annual Author Dinner also features a silent auction whose items last year included an indoor fountain, a variety of gift baskets, items from several boutiques, and more! The Silent Auction is one of the major fundraising endeavors supporting the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries Life Members Endowment Fund.

Staff Reception

An annual Library Staff Reception luncheon recognizes the faculty and staff that make the libraries run. At this event, awards for both Librarian and Staff Member of the Year are presented.