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 Materials for the sale are donated by area residents, along with some items that have been withdrawn from the library's collections.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!
The Friends Used Book Store
The Used Book Store is a fund raising effort staffed by volunteers. The Used Book Store is a venture started by the Friends in June 2006 in order to provide ongoing sale of items donated to the library.
Book Store hours are:
Monday 10am to 2pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 11am to 8pm
Thursday and 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 Library Director'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.

Keeping up with the Library via Email

If you give us your email address* we'll send you:
1. Check out receipts (you can still get a paper receipt if you like)
2. Date due reminders a few days in advance
3. Holds available notifications
4. A reminder when your card is about to expire

Call the library at 734-466-2491 to have your email address added to your account by a staff member.

5. Subscribe separately to our monthly e-newsletter to keep up with what's happening in the library using the form above.

*Of course, we never sell your email address or spam you.