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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. Please call ahead; do not leave donations outside.

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

  • Donations can also be taken directly to 618 Mechanic 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.

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


Book Sales

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


Questions? Please contact

Friends of the Library Newsletter

Vol. 2, Issue 5 (February 2023)

Vol. 1, Issue 4 (November 2022)

Vol. 1, Issue 3 (August 2022)

Vol. 1, Issue 2 (June 2022)

Vol. 1, Issue 1 (February 2022)

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