Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library are community-based non-profit groups of citizens who promote, encourage, enhance and support their local libraries. In Washington State, members of more than 150 Friends of the Library groups volunteer thousands of hours of their time and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars annually through community activities to supplement the funding of local libraries.

Each Spokane County Library District library has an affiliated Friends of the Library organization. Most are incorporated as non-profit, tax-exempt organizations.

Local Friends’ activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Sponsorship of special programming and book discussion groups
  • Support of the District’s summer reading and other youth programs
  • Providing refreshments at special events
  • Support of volunteer and staff recognition activities.

The Friends’ most significant fundraising activities are used book sales usually held at their local library.

Spokane County Library District policy encourages Friends of the Library to engage in the following actions:

  • Create public interest in the library
  • Support and promote knowledge of the District’s mission, goals, services, and resources
  • Foster public support for development of the library so it may adequately serve the needs of community residents

Membership in Friends of the Library groups is open to all community residents and library users.