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Opportunities Available!

Consider joining the Board of the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library as a Member-at-Large! 

The Friends need you. You'll have opportunities to meet other Board members, learn more about the Friends and their work, and explore the unique ways you might contribute to this important work, work that benefits all Spring Hill College students, staff and faculty, as well as the greater Mobile community. Contact Alice Bahr ( or 251.533.7073).

Further possibilities are available.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The Friends of the Spring Hill College Library is a volunteer group established to support and promote the Spring Hill College Library, Archives and Special Collections. The Friends raise and contribute funds through a variety of projects including the voluntary operation of the Book Nook used book store. The Friends encourage gifts and bequests of books and manuscripts to the Library and to the Archives and Special Collections and promote awareness of the Library and the college.

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Spring Hill College's Best Kept Secret


Since 1990, the Friends have helped the Library through difficult times by benefiting students, academic programs, academic and administrative departments, and College events. We have:

  • contributed $75,000.00 to the new library
  • purchased the Library’s first professional scanner to preserve the College’s historical documents
  • provided $500.00 to new faculty for library materials
  • provided two annual $250.00 awards to students who have effectively used original archival materials in their research
  • never turned down any faculty request for library materials when library budgets can’t cover a request
  • helped the library purchase several online databases, most recently the Jstor Arts & Sciences Collection II of research articles ($29,000.00)
  • funded digitization of the College’s yearbooks
  • funded professional librarians’ attendance  and presentations at professional conferences
  • fiscally supported the compiling and digitizing of a complete list of graduates, an indispensable tool for the Advancement Office
  • funded publication of several works by Dr. Charles Boyle, on the College’s history and programs, including Twice Remembered, Gleanings, and Sound Mind, Sound Body
  • underwrote costs to digitize the College’s Oral History Collection
  • offered/administered grant-funded literary, cultural, and historical events, as well as readings by College and local authors
  • supported departmental lecture series, College events, and students events, such as poetry slams
  • purchased the will of Bishop Portier for the Archives
  • purchased library furniture and computers as needed
  • made a $25,000.00 gift in the Friends 25th year used, in part, to refresh the College web conferencing space in the Library
  • funded the digitization and enhanced searching software for the College’s student newspaper, The Springhillian
  • since 1993, continuously operated the Book Nook, a second-hand bookstore on the lower level of Burke Library, where faculty/staff  receive a 20% discount

The impact of these contributions on the campus has been phenomenal. It could be even more so with your support, so please consider becoming a member, and/or serving on the Board, or helping the Friends expand Book Nook hours.

You can also join online at or on Facebook,, where you can give us a thumbs up.

Faculty/staff membership is $10.00, lowered both to recognize your personal fiscal concerns and to let you know you are needed.  Contact Friends President Dr. Alice Bahr, or 251.533.7073) with any questions, comments and recommendations. Thank you for your time.

2018-2020 Goals of the Friends of the Library

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library has several goals.  These include:

Badger Roots Workshop:  $25 for non-members

This workshop will help members explore their family roots at Spring Hill College.  The workshop is free for members and $25 for non-members.

Increase Library Resources

Build the library offerings available to the campus

Subsidize speakers for other departments on campus

Need help funding a speaker for your department and students?  Contact us and let us know!

Undergraduate Research Symposium:  $500

Covers the supplies, support, and award amounts for the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Remembering Dr. John Hafner

 This past October 2, the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library
 lost a very special friend, Dr. John Hafner. John embodied the spirit
 of the Friends, having served as President from 2006 to 2007 and
 again from 2012 to 2014. He held many other Board positions, and
 is missed greatly not only for his leadership in literary programs
 but for his jovial nature, good humor and wit. Though missed, he is
 also greatly honored and remembered.
 To celebrate his life, please visit his obituary and remember him in
 To make a donation to the Burke Memorial Library in his memory, please visit 
 Spring Hill College Library at 

Find Your Books A New Home!

Find a new home for books - even those textbooks!  The Book Nook has a Book Drop on the north side of the Burke Memorial Library, at the end of the ramp from College Lane.
The Book Nook Book Drop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round.  All book donations are cheerfully accepted!
To further help the Book Nook and the Burke Memorial Library, please join the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library at  For students, faculty, and staff, the price is $10 per year.  For alumni and everyone else, the price is $25 per year.
To memorialize a loved one with a book or to give the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library a gift to help the Burke Memorial Library, please visit

Spring Hill College's Best Kept Secret: Friends of the Spring Hill College Library

For 30 years the "friends" have helped the College's library with resources and services through good and difficult times. By providing extraordinary support to the library for many years we have benefited all segments of the College community including faculty, staff, students and alumni. One example that will be of particular interest to alumni is the newly digitized college yearbooks and student newspapers, Springhillian, that will enable alumni, and others doing institutional research, to search on-line through all past issues -

Now we need your help to continue this effort. The library's needs have never been greater. If you are not currently a member of the "Friends", please consider joining us - libguides.shc/friendsofthelibrary. If you can, also consider serving on the Board and/or volunteering to help the Book Nook, the Friend's second-hand bookstore in the Burke Library, where the prices cannot be beat.

2018-2019 Contributions & Gifts of the Friends of the Library

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library made many contributions and gifts.  These include:

Professional Development: $5,000

Funding to support library faculty & staff travel for conference presentations and papers, national organization committee work, and immersion programs that will benefit the College in supporting professional scholarship.

Undergraduate Research Symposium – Supplies, support, awards:  $500

Book Nook - purchased a Portable Scanner

Burke Memorial Library - adopted library books honoring past Presidents of the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library