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Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

Michael Wells, Friends President
Michael Wells, President, Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University is closely associated with the Michael Schwartz Library but is an independent organization whose purpose is to support the library in a number of different ways. By sponsoring programs of interest to faculty, students, and the general public, we hope to attract favorable attention for the library and interest in its activities.

We encourage both monetary and in-kind gifts to the library, particularly special collections materials with strong links to the Cleveland area. The Friends also accept both monetary and in-kind gifts, especially gifts of books. These books may be sold, given to the Michael Schwartz Library if librarians determine that they are appropriate for the collection, or given to other organizations. Our programs also provide continuing social and intellectual interaction between the University and the community.

Please consider joining the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library.

- Michael Wells, President, Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

For more information about the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library: contact Barbara Loomis at or call (216) 687-2475.

Fashions on display at the Flapper Style exhibit

Register today for the Friends of the Library Fourth Annual Spring Break Bus Excursion March 18, 2016!
Destination: Kent State University Fashion Museum

Join the Friends of the Library for a bus excursion from Cleveland to the Kent State University Fashion Museum, located in Kent, Ohio on Friday, March 18, 2016, during CSU's spring break. The Museum contains important collections of fashion and decorative arts and its eight galleries feature changing exhibitions of work by many of the world's great artists and designers. There will be a 1 1/2 hour guided tour by a museum docent and time to shop at the museum store that features art, jewelry, books and other fashion related items. Afterwards the group will go to lunch at a local restaurant.

Fee: $30 (does NOT include cost of lunch)

Boarding Information:

  • Location: Lakefront Lines, 13315 Brookpark Road, Brook Park, Ohio (secure, free parking)
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am., but guests can board the bus beginning at 8:45 am.
  • Return Time: The bus will return to the same location before 5:00 p.m.

REGISTER today! Seating is limited.

Open to the general public.

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email

History of God book cover

Book Discussion: History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong
Wednesday February 17, 2016
Rhodes Tower 503

Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the modern age of skepticism, the author performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.— Random House

Discussion Leader: Dr Stephen C. Taysom, Assoc. Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies(Comparative Religion).

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email

Free and open to the general public - refreshments served.