The Magale Library Friends group was established in 2005 to help Southern Arkansas University’s library better meet the needs of its patrons.
Mission of Magale Library Friends
The mission of Magale Library Friends is to enhance the holdings, services, and facilities of Magale Library and to help the library fulfill its role as the center for learning in southwest Arkansas.
Purpose of Magale Library Friends
• Provide and encourage gifts, donations, and financial support for the library.
• Offer an opportunity for individuals to come together with a common interest in the library and its cultural and academic activities.
• Contributions to Magale Donor Honor Societies will be used to support the needs of the library including books, furnishings, technologies, additional space, educational and instructional programming, outreach, and other library needs. Donations may be pledged over a period of time.
The Magale Library is a centrally located learning resource center containing about 155,000 book volumes. The library has many comfortable study areas and study rooms. The library offers 217 desktop computers (75 in open labs, 25 in study rooms, and 117 in library instruction labs) for student usage. The library has three library instruction labs on the third floor. The library collection also includes 12,000 audiovisual pieces, 38,000 periodical microfilm and microfiche pieces, 360,000 government documents, current subscriptions to 85 periodicals, 212,000 e-books, over 116,000 online streaming academic videos, and online full-text access to over 48,000 periodical titles from 188 databases with indexing and abstracts for additional titles. The library website includes information literacy videos. Online access to library resources is available through the library homepage. Students can use a federated search service at the library’s website that will search most of Magale’s electronic resources simultaneously. The resources at the Magale Library are used to prepare students in all academic areas for their intellectual growth, individual enrichment, skill development, and meaningful career preparation.
You are invited to support the success of SAU by joining the Magale Library Friends. Please consider this opportunity to contribute to academic excellence at Southern Arkansas University. Questions? Please call (870) 235-4171.
Become a Friend or Renew Your Membership
We greatly appreciate our Friends and thank you in advance for your membership! You may renew your Magale Library Friends membership by mailing your donation to:
Southern Arkansas University Foundation
c/o Friends of the Library
P.O. Box 9174
Magnolia, AR 71754-9174
*If donating by check, please note on the check “For Magale Library Friends.”
Thank you for your support!
• An extended checkout time
• Special invitations to cultural events sponsored by the library
• Public recognition as a member of Magale Library Friends
• Your own librarian to assist you with library needs
• Magale Library Friends Newsletter
Magale Library Friends Honor Society Levels
TOUCHSTONE Lifetime Honor Society $30,000 or more lifetime
Shakespeare Society $10,000 or more
Twain Society $5,000 to $9,999
Faulkner Society $2,500 to $4,999
Dickinson Society $1,000 to $2,499
Poe Society $500 to $999
O’Neill Society $250 to $499
Frost Society $100 to $249
Thoreau Society $1 to $99
Magale Library Friends Annual Luncheon
Each year, Magale Library hosts a luncheon for our Friends. The luncheon includes a guest speaker who provides an entertaining presentation. Our past speakers include prestigious authors, expert researchers, political activists, and historians.
In addition to the annual luncheon and book sale, Magale also hosts a variety of other events including various traveling exhibits, banned book displays, guest speakers, and learning activities. Learn more about our most recent Events!
Magale serves the SAU community by providing resources that support student learning. Thank you for helping the library meet the needs for the alcove project. The project enclosed the library’s existing alcoves and converted them into usable study space and rooms.
|Alcove Before Photo
|Alcove Conceptual Photo (showing potential space with completed enclosure)
(moving the window)
(carpet and paint)
(furniture and computers)
renovation in 2016-17