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Talbott Library Friends, founded in 1982, is an organization that promotes and enhances the excellence of Talbott Library. Friends have the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents for specific projects on an as needed basis. Funds raised by the Talbott Library Friends are used to provide extra resources and services beyond the scope or reach of the library budget.

About Talbott Library

The Katharine Houk Talbott Library, honoring one of the school’s original principal benefactors, is located at Westminster Choir College, Rider’s Princeton campus. The emphasis is on music, with holdings of more than 85,000 scores, music-related books and journals, and over 25,000 sound and video recordings. Talbott Library’s Performance Collection comprises over 7,000 choral music titles in performance quantities. Special Collections at Talbott include significant reference collections of choral octavos, organ music, hymnals, archival materials and more.

Your Benefits

  • Circulation privileges for individuals who are local residents
  • An increased appreciation of Talbott Library and its importance to the Westminster/Rider community
  • Reference Assistance by mail, telephone, or e-mail

Becoming a Friend

Membership in the Talbott Library Friends is open to all individuals. No attendance or active participation is required. To become a Talbott Library Friend simply fill out the application form below, along with a minimum, tax-deductible donation of $25. Your membership will be valid for 1 year and must be renewed annually to remain a Talbott Library Friend.

Talbott Library Friends Membership Registration Form

This form is to be printed out and mailed. It is in Rich Text Format, an open standard for documents that most word processing programs can understand.

Talbott Friends Borrowing Policies

  • Privileges: The loan period is 4 weeks for circulating books and piano pedagogy materials and 1 week for media materials. Up to 6 items may be checked out at any given time and one renewal per item is allowed.
  • Limitations: No reserve items may be checked out of the library, however they may be used in the library for 3 hours. Interlibrary loans and intralibrary loans are not permitted. Those materials must be obtained through your public library’s interlibrary loan service.
  • Responsibilities: Any item that is recalled must be returned immediately. Failure to cooperate can lead to the loss of borrowing privileges. Library materials must be returned when due. Unpaid fines $10 or over will cause the suspension of library privileges until the fines are paid. The borrower is responsible for replacement and processing costs of the list items.

Talbott Library Friends Achievements

  • Purchased copies of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians for the library (the 1st edition, received in 1982)
  • Purchased facsimile of Le Roman de Fauvel and The Arundel Choirbook in 2005
  • Purchased shelves and book trucks for the library in 2002
  • Raised $4,000 toward the purchase of the Routley Collection
  • Acquired a microfiche reader for the library
  • Acquired an electronic piano for the Performance Collection
  • Assisted in procurement of special collections, including transportation
  • Arranged for art exhibit on loan to enhance appearance of the library
  • Volunteered special skills, such as hand-binding of library materials
  • Procured free library and office equipment
  • Donated thousands of books, music scores, and sound recordings to augment the collection and to raise money for new purchases through library sales
  • Donated music to purchase memorial books
  • Contributed to book endowment funds
  • Photocopied fragile documents from the Archives on to acid-free paper
  • Replaced the circulation enclosure with partitions creating a more professional atmosphere.