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.
Funds are raised by the Friends in three ways:
- Membership dues
- The Friends Used Book Store
- The Used Book Sales
Become a Member
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 Friends Used Book Store
Started by the Friends in June 2006, the Used Book Store is a fund-raising effort staffed by volunteers to provide ongoing sale of items donated to the library.
Book Store hours are:
Monday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday and Satruday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Book Store phone: (734) 466-2495
To become a Used Book Store volunteer just visit our Book Store or call (734) 466-2495 during our hours of operation. Please leave your contact information so that one of our managers can get in touch with you to answer questions and/or schedule training.
Messages for the Friends can also be relayed via the Library Director’s Office staff (734) 466-2452.
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 Materials for the sale are donated by area residents, along with some items that have been withdrawn from the library’s collections.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!
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.