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The Friends of the Emporia Public Library organization was founded on February 8, 1973, to support the initiative for a new library building. Now, more than 45 years later, the Friends group has expanded its mission and serves the library by supporting adult and children's programming, collection development, equipment and facility improvement, increasing the Friends Endowment Fund, and more.​

Friends Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization will be to maintain an association of persons interested in libraries; to focus attention on the library; to stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services; to receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library; to support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community; to lend legislative support where needed; to function on behalf of the library but not as the library; and to support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.


Material Donations

  • Donations may be given to on-duty staff in the library at the circulation desk or dropped off at the back door with advance communication. Please call ahead; do not leave donations outside.

  • Donations can be taken directly to 618 Mechanic Street during volunteer hours (Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.). Please call the library ahead of time to verify that volunteers are at the building. 

  • Donations need to be free of mold and be in good condition. Books are welcome, as are records, CDs, and DVDs.

  • The Friends of the Emporia Public Library does not accept National Geographic magazines, encyclopedias, VHS tapes, or textbooks.


Book Sales

The Friends host several book sales each year at 618 Mechanic Street; check the library's events page for updates on upcoming sales. Proceeds from book sales support the Emporia Public Library.


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