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The Friends of the Library is an organization of people who believe in the worth of an effective and attractive library. Its members pay a small membership fee and many serve in a volunteer capacity on the Friends Board, in committees, and in various roles for our two annual book sales. As a result of the efforts of these people, our library benefits in many ways.

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 mission of the Friends of the Library of the Emporia Public Library is to provide support for the library's programs, help the library achieve its mission, and to be an advocate within the community in support of the library.

Friends of the Library Objectives

  • 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 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 advocate for library issues

  • To function on behalf of the library but not as the library

  • To support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights


Friends of the Library Dues and Contributions Support

  • Accu-cut dies for bulletin boards

  • Book baskets for library use

  • BookPage magazine

  • Community Bookcase collection enhancement

  • Equipment and technology

  • Friends endowment

  • Kids' Koncerts

  • Multiple book purchases for book discussions

  • Newsletter printing costs

  • Outdoor plants

  • Outdoor benches

  • Summer reading programs for all ages

  • and more! 


Material Donations

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

  • Donations can also be arranged through the Friends by email at

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

  • We do not accept National Geographic magazines, encyclopedias, VHS tapes, or textbooks.


Book Sales

The Friends host several book sales each year at the Friends building (618 Mechanic). Donations are brought in and ssorted throughout the year and then sold to the community; proceeds go to support the Emporia Public Library.


Have questions? Please contact

Our Super Friends!

This award is presented annually to a person or group that has supported the library. 

The award honors service through exceptional leadership, financial support, volunteerism, research, or other contributions

Match Day!

The Friends of the Emporia Public Library are raising money for book lockers! 


Read the bylaws for the Friends of the Library. 

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