Who are Friends?

For over 110 years, Friends have supported Brooklyn Public Library. They are core groups of organized volutneers who help their local branch through advocacy, fundraising and promotion of Library programs and initiatives. 

What do Friends do?

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

ADVOCATE

Friends are a voice for the Library on relevant local, state and national issues. Members contact government officials, attend community meetings and speak to civic groups. 

ENGAGE

As goodwill ambassadors, Friends spread the word in their communities, stimulating greater awareness of the Library and its resources. 

SUPPORT

Friends provide grassroots backing for the Library, including, but not limited to, volunteering in the branch when needed. 

FUNDRAISE

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. 

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