Friends of the Library

Library Development staff are available to provide consulting services on best practices for Friends of the Library groups by email or telephone.

Successful Friends Groups:

  • Listen to the librarian about library needs
  • Know the library’s goals
  • Know the library’s budget plan
  • Are ready to adjust in an emergency
  • Talk to the librarian and board of trustees about fundraising plans
  • Expend 80% of funds raised annually on the library with 20% for administrative expenses

United for Libraries

A division of the American Library Association, United for Libraries, is a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses.

No one has a stronger voice for libraries than those who use them, raise money for them, and govern them. By uniting these voices, library supporters everywhere will become a real force to be reckoned with at the local, state, and national levels.

Starting a Friends of the Library Group

Don’t have a Friends group yet? Follow these key steps to get started.