Library Friends Groups

United for Libraries has made available a free toolkit for a public library friends groups. "Libraries Need Friends: Starting a Friends Group or Revitalizing the One You Have" includes tips on membership, outreach, fundraising and more.


With the serious decline of government support for libraries in recent years, raising money from private sources has never been more important.  Organizing a Friends group with key volunteers for library events and programs, donor clubs, and fundraising has worked effectively to find and secure vitally needed funds. Recruit enthusiastic patrons who use the library on a regular basis and people in the community representing businesses that can sponsor library projects and programs.