Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library are an active group of volunteers with over 800 members. The mission of the Friends is to provide support for the services and programs of the Livonia Public Library. Volunteers meet this mission by helping at Library programs, events and fund raising efforts.
Friends of the Library Newsletter
Funds are raised by the Friends in three ways:

  • Membership dues
  • The Friends Used Book Store
  • The Used Book Sales

Although membership dues are nominal, the benefits achieved are immeasurable. To encourage more individuals and families to join, dues have not increased much since the Friends incorporated in 1978.
Annual membership dues:

  • Individual $5
  • Family $10
  • Benefactor $25
  • Patron $50
  • Club or Association $25
  • Business and Professional $25

In order to join, make checks payable to Friends of the Livonia Public Library and send the appropriate amount to:
Membership, Friends of the Livonia Public Library
32777 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
The Used Book Sales
The Friends hold their used book sales three times a year -- usually in February, May and October. Materials for the sale are donated by area residents, along with some items that have been withdrawn from the library's collections. The Friends hold weekly sorting sessions to handle donations throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to work at the three-day sales to keep the tables in order, bag purchases and work the cash registers.
It is the ready smiles of the volunteers that bring people back regularly to the sales. To sign up for a two or three hour shift, just send your name, address, and phone number to the Friends’ address above. The Book Sale Coordinator will call you!
Online Book Sales
Among the wonderful donations received from the community, there are a few that are deemed extra special, with a determined minimum value of at least thirty dollars. We have been successful in putting them online and making sales all over the country. However, we would like to make these “jewels” available to local residents. We keep these books at the Civic Center Library and if you would be interested in making an appointment to see them (or having a list provided), please contact Mary Spongberg at 734-464-9556
The Friends Used Book Store
The Used Book Store is a fund raising effort staffed by volunteers. The Used Book Store is a new venture started by the Friends in June 2006 in order to provide ongoing sale of items donated to the library.
Book Store hours are:
Tuesday and Wednesday 11am to 8pm
Saturday 11am to 3pm
Book Store phone: (734) 466-2495
To work in the shop, send a note to the Friends address above, Attention: Gift Shop Manager. Provide a phone number so that the volunteers can answer your questions, schedule training and begin adding you to their shop schedule. Of course, you could just stop in at the shop and do that, too!
Messages for the Friends can be relayed via the City Librarian’s Office staff, just call (734) 466-2452.
Special programs are announced in the Friends newsletter and are noted on the Calendar of Events. Flyers for upcoming programs are also made available within the library.