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Who is FOLA?

FOLA is a group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who understand that the library and archives are two of Kettering University's most important resources. They are united by their determination to enrich these resources and to help serve the University and the community. 

FOLA sponsors Gaming Night, New Faculty Orientations, and Holiday Receptions. The group has purchased tablets, ereaders, and laptops for students and faculty to check out, historic photographs for the Archives, and donated funds toward the purchase of the iMac and Production Studio software.

Current Newsletter — Fall 2015

Gaming Night 

FOLA is the proud sponsor of Gaming Night. The next Gaming Night will be:

Wednesday, October 21

Join us for free food, fun and games starting at 5:30 p.m. We'll have MarioKart, Rockband, board games, ping pong and more.

Some highlights from previous gaming nights: 


Why do the Library and Archives need Friends?

L to R, front row: Caroline Ethington, Charles Hanson, Karen Wilkinson, Roger Tyyska, Ken Kaiser. Back row: James Cohen, Starr Cornell, Jon Wenzel, Girma Tewolde, Jamie McLaughlin, David White, David Langdon, Robert Sovis. Not pictured: Craig Hoff, Jae Kwon. Photo by Linda Pierce.The academic life of a university revolves around its library. The Kettering University Library and Archives serve a dynamic student body, an active research and teaching faculty, and a vibrant local community.

The library provides access to information in whatever forms necessary to whoever needs it. Fulfilling these goals in these rapidly changing times is a great challenge, which can only be met by the dedicated service of the library and archival staff and friends. The goal of FOLA is to bring about the continuous improvement of the library and archives, to promote academic research, and to advance technologically, all of which will benefit our patrons.

What can I do?

Join FOLA! Membership is easy. Your contributions make it possible for the library and archives to continue giving excellent service and attention to the Kettering Community. There are many levels of participation.

Print the membership form and return by postal or interoffice mail. 

 1 year2 years3 years
Senior Citizen$20$38$54
Book Sponsor$250  
Corporate Sponsor$1000


Benefits of becoming a member:

  • Membership card and information packet
  • Ability to check out library materials
  • Quarterly email newsletter, mailed on request
  • Announcements to FOLA sponsored events and programs
  • Opportunity to serve on committees and participate in Friends activities
  • Contributions are tax deductible
  • Friends at the Book Sponsor Level receive the additional benefit of having their name affixed to a bookplate in a new book in the library collection. Book topic may be designated by sponsor.


How do Friends Contribute?

There are many ways that Library and Archive Friends can contribute to the growth and development of the library. In addition to fundraising projects like the used book sale and Murder Mystery Dinner, FOLA sponsors gaming nights and holiday receptions for students. FOLA works on public outreach projects to strengthen community ties to the Kettering Library and Archives. In the past, they have sponsored an annual Arts & Authors Fair and regular speaker series.

Are donations tax deductible? 

Contributions to the Friends are federally tax deductible, as provided by law. Kettering University does not provide goods or services, in whole or in partial consideration for any contribution made.

Matching Gifts

Many businesses and corporations match personal gifts to educational institutions made by employees, retirees, directors and their family members. Contact your human resources office for more information, or visit our online search engine to see if your company participates.  

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