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Friends of the Library


Doherty Library

Friends of the LibraryIn 1954, students at the University of St. Thomas demonstrated their support for the University library by forming a human chain to move the collection from its first home in the Link-Lee Mansion to Murphy Hall.

Today, the collection is housed in the Robert Pace and Ada Mary Doherty Library on the University academic mall, symbolizing the Library’s continuing centrality to the intellectual life of the University. With more than 250,000 books, access to approximately 50,000 periodical titles, and access to a variety of electronic databases, Doherty Library is a major learning resource for students, faculty and the Houston community.

Library StacksAs the University of St. Thomas continues to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the Library must expand to serve the needs of an increasingly complex society.

By becoming a member of The Friends of Doherty Library, you can play a key role in the Library's growth and development. The Friends of Doherty Library make a commitment to strengthen the Library through the giving of time, financial and in-kind support, and the maintenance of the Library as a forum for a shared interest in the world of letters.

Friends of the Doherty Library Form


The University of St. Thomas is proud to invite you to join The Friends of Doherty Library. Your membership is good for one year from the date your Friends card is issued.

As a member of the Doherty Friends, you will receive:

  • The satisfaction of supporting Doherty Library and the educational mission of the University of St. Thomas.
  • Your personal Doherty Library card, which provides free borrowing privileges for up to 4 books at a time from the main circulating collection. (Interlibrary loan and special collections are not included.)
  • Invitations to cultural and social events sponsored by the Friends of Doherty Library.
  • Notification of Doherty Library's annual book sale.

The Friends of Doherty Library also sponsors a program which encourages gifts in honor of special individuals and occasions and in memory of the deceased. Such gifts are lasting tributes and memorials. Special bookplates imprinted with the name of the individual being honored or remembered and of the donor are placed in the chosen books. A copy of the bookplate will be sent to the honoree or to the bereaved family.

Levels of Membership:

Benefactor $250
Patron $125
Sponsor of Doherty Library $60
Memberships are valid for one year from the date issued.


Doherty Library at the University of St. Thomas
James Piccininni, Dean of Libraries - (713) 525-2180
3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006