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Brooklyn Public Library is as creative and energized as the city we serve. Friends Groups are integral to sustaining this creativity and energy. Your longstanding support and advocacy ensures neighborhood libraries have essential funds to purchase program supplies and care for well-tread spaces. Above all, you help educate your community about BPL, so that more people can benefit from our diverse resources and services.

What do Friends do?

As a Friend of BPL, you will play a critical role in the success of your branch and your community. 


Each budget season, BPL's Friends help secure capital and expense funds. Friends help their branches receive millions of dollars in funds by building strong relationships with local representatives and helping mount creative campaigns that get neighbors to contact their elected officials. Add your voice now


All libraries want to let their neighborhoods know about the variety of programs happening within their walls. Friends Group distribute fliers around the neighborhood, spread the word through personal or professional networks and make announcements at civic or religious meetings. 


Friends' activities generate revenue to supplement the Library's budget, and sponsor public programs at branches, such as author talks, art shows, story hours and cultural events. 


Friends Groups provide grassroots backing for BPL, including volunteering at their local library or at larger BPL events when needed.

Want to become a Friend? Visit your local branch and ask whether a Friends Group currently exists! 

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