Our Friends are Invaluable to Memphis Public Libraries!

Everyone needs friends, and no one values our Friends more than Memphis Public Libraries! With more than 800 members, the Friends of the Library are an invaluable part of the MPL family, and the invitation to join this organization is always open.

Friends of the Library are a group of volunteers who support all 18 Memphis Public Library locations by helping to raise funds and by performing a number of tasks. For example, Friends members sort through approximately 175,000 donations of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, vinyl records, sheet music and more to sell at book sales that benefit Memphis Public Libraries.

The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library and several branches have Friends organizations, which make joining Friends of the Library easier than ever! Click here to become a Friend, or consider starting a Friends group at your local Memphis Public Library, if one is not currently available.

Curious how you can help? Start by completing an online Friends application, which is available at Central Library or any Memphis Public Library location. Customers are also encouraged to complete the Friends’ Volunteer Application – also available at any Library location – and give a few hours of your time each week. For more information, call (901) 415-2840.

“We greatly appreciate the Friends of the Library and the Memphis Library Foundation,” stressed Director of Libraries Keenon McCloy. “We couldn’t offer the vast array of programs and services without their ongoing support.”

For more information about the Friends of the Library, click here or call (901) 415-2840.


By: Marcey Wright, public relations supervisor