From 1992 through the end of June, 2012, over $392,000 in new books, resource materials, furnishings, computers and other equipment have been purchased for the Garnett Library thanks to the fundraising efforts of Friends of the Garnett Library and private donations.
In its very first year, the Friends' group provided the Garnett Library with its first Infotrac computer station and database for finding articles electronically.
Computer servers and electronic databases acquired by Friends resulted in the first instance of 24/7 library service on the West Plains campus providing access to these services from the library, faculty offices and dorm.
A major book fund campaign initiated by the Friends' group in 1997-1998 brought in over $110,000 in donations; plaques displayed in the Garnett Library recognize the donors who participated at different giving levels.
The number of books in the Garnett Library grew from approximately 15,500 volumes in 1993 to over 40,000 in 2010.
In addition to new book purchases, Friends' members continually raise awareness of the Garnett Library's needs, resulting in the donation of hundreds of books, CD's, DVD's and other resource materials from area residents each year.
A rare books collection was established in the Garnett Library in 2000 thanks to the generosity of Friends' Lifetime member Dr. Stanton Morrison.