The Friends of the Devereaux Library
The Friends of the Devereaux Library was founded in 1993 in support of the Devereaux Library at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The Friends of the Devereaux Library is governed by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time and energy to promote the organization and its projects. The Friends of the Devereaux Library’s fundraiser, the Nostalgia Night film series, is an annual event. Monies raised through this event provide library upgrades and projects that would not otherwise be possible.
The Friends organization has made possible the library’s very popular reading area, “downtime” which houses current magazines, books, newspapers; and comfortable furniture. The library’s electronic learning center was provided by the Friends. This area is furnished with a large LCD television and an electronic whiteboard. The busy area is used for group study, library instruction, and classroom presentations as well as special events, viewing breaking news and sporting events.
The original 1960s furnishings have been replaced with new tables and chairs purchased by The Friends of the Devereaux Library. The Friends have provided a very popular DVD collection; these DVDs are available for check-out, providing students with a much appreciated chance to take a break from study. At the beginning of each semester, new students and employees are welcomed with bags containing information about the library and some special treats, courtesy of The Friends organization.
State-of-the-art microform scanning equipment is available at Devereaux Library thanks to the Friends. A recent addition to the library is a permanent display of the original engineering drawing of the historic “Crouch Line” railroad. This drawing was made by School of Mines’ Professor Broughton in 1891 and gifted to the school in the 1970s; the Friends of the Devereaux Library commissioned a custom made display case for this historic drawing. The huge drawing, more than 30 feet long, is now handsomely displayed and available to researchers and historians.
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The Friends of the Devereaux Library is an organization devoted to encouraging knowledge and appreciation of the Devereaux Library and its resources, to attracting gifts of materials and money to support the Library's growth and development, and to providing opportunities for its members to participate in cultural and educational programs sponsored by the Library.