Friends of Maag Library

Membership Form *

The Friends of Maag Library is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support the mission and value of the library. Friends of Maag was created to provide members an opportunity to use library resources while enhancing the library's stature and effectiveness by strengthening its collections and services through gifts and endowments. The Friends generate support for special acquisitions, cultural events, furnishings, equipment, and student scholarships. Funds are raised through membership dues, special events, gifts, and book sales.

Membership Information

As a Friends of Maag member, you have access to library services and collections. The cost of membership is $30 per year. Members must be at least 18 years of age and present a picture ID.
For more information, contact Michael Lisi at or 330-941-3684.

Benefits of a Friends membership include:
  • Maag Library borrowing (up to 50 books at one time)
  • OhioLINK borrowing (up to 5 items)
  • InterLibrary Loan privileges
  • Limited on campus access to research databases *
  • Programs of interest to the Friends
  • Book sales & other events


* Due to licensing agreements, remote access to the research databases cannot be extended to Friends of Maag Library members.

Fundraising Events

  • The Friends of Maag Library Annual Book Sale takes place during the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts.
  • Historic 1870 map of Youngstown sale: $12 each. Perfect for gifts!


In 1938, when Youngstown State University was Youngstown College, the Friends of Youngstown College Library was established by the Youngstown branch of the American Association of University Women along with William F. Maag, Jr. The Friends raised many thousands of dollars to purchase books for the college as it grew into a university. With William F. Maag, Jr.'s guidance, the Friends continued in existence for nearly 30 years until the college joined the state system in the late sixties. The organization raised over $115,000 for books and the dream of a new library building was achieved in November of 1976 when construction of the William F. Maag Library was completed. In 1985 a dedicated group of YSU staff, faculty members, administrators and alumni led by Carol Wall and Dr. James A Houck, revived interest in the organization, renaming it The Friends of Maag Library.