Friends of the Library groups are a great benefit to libraries through their fundraising projects, volunteer support, and advocacy efforts in the community. Friends can be a voice for the library in the community, as well as extra brains and hands to help with programs, projects, and other efforts at the library. Whether your library is considering starting a friends group, or already has a thriving group of friends working on its behalf, you may find that your group needs a hand, information, or good advice from time to time.
United for Libraries, ALA’s Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, provides support for citizens who promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries of all types. One of the many great resources on their site is a collection of Friends and Foundation Fact Sheets. The Fact Sheets cover such topics as:
- How to Organize a Friends Group
- How to Revitalize Your Friends Group
- Checklist for Advocacy
- When Friends Aren’t Friendly
- And much more…
United For Libraries’ Fact Sheets can be a great help for friends groups and libraries as they work together to build a great working relationship and build support for the library in the community.