Friends of the Library

Who are Friends of the Library?
Friends of the Library organizations are separate nonprofit organizations from the library and are made up of caring, involved people of all ages who support a strong public library system for the benefit of the community. Friends enrich the library in many ways including:

      • Friends volunteer in libraries helping with many important tasks and projects.
      • Friends focus public attention on library services and advocate for libraries to get the support they need.
      • Friends sponsor programs and cultural activities to involve the community in the library.
      • Friends enhance the library by donating important items or by funding programs that are not in the library's budget.
      • Most Friends organizations hold book sales to raise money for the library and have membership fees.

How can I become a Friend?
Contact the branch near you that has a Friends group. Membership fees vary from group to group. If there is not a Friends group at your branch, contact the branch manager and let him or her know of your interest or call the Volunteer Services Manager at 404-613-0124. We will get you information on how to form a group and help you find others who share your interest.

All Friends organizations are separate nonprofit organizations that raise awareness and funds for library programs and supplies. Contact the branch manager or call the Volunteer Services Manager at 404-613-0124 to leave your information for the Friends group leader and we will have them contact you directly about membership. Most Friends groups meet monthly and have scheduled book sales or ongoing book store hours and a few have their own websites. THANK YOU to these amazing volunteers.

Where can I donate books?
Friends groups accept book donations that are in good condition on a limited basis based on their storage capacity. Please contact the branch nearest you or the Volunteer Services Manager at 404-613-0124 and do not leave boxes outside the library. Please recycle magazines, VHS tapes, outdated textbooks, outdated technology books or books damaged by heat, mold or water. Please contact Better World Books regarding their donation drop box locations if you are unable to bring the book donations to the library or if the location nearest you is not accepting book donations at this time. 

    • Books MUST be gently used or in like new condition.
    • Delivered in small bags or boxes (not bigger than a standard paper box). 
    • NO heat, mold or water damaged items. 
    • Do not donate it, if you wouldn’t buy it. 
    • If you can’t lift it, our volunteers can’t either. 
    • Cannot be Advanced Readers Copies or Proofs from publishers.

Alpharetta: midday when the bookstore is open; recent publications appreciated and NO encyclopedias, computer books or textbooks; cannot accept large donations.

Buckhead: during Library business hours; placed in designated donation bin in the lobby on the right next to two book return bins; NO magazines.

Milton: anytime in the book slot behind the Friends book barn; check for up-to-date information and instructions on large donations.

Northeast/Spruill Oaks: during Library business hours; placed in any one of the four donation bins off the lobby; NO textbooks 5+ years old; contact Sue at re: large donations.

Northside: appointments preferred by contacting

Palmetto: only Children’s books; during Library business hours; contact re: large donations.

Peachtree: not at this time.

Sandy Springs: during Library business hours; contact Christine at re: large donations.

South Fulton: not at this time.

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