Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Boise Public Library is a nonprofit citizen's group that believes in the importance of books and libraries for people of every age. Friends support the growth of library service in Boise and encourage the use of the library as a community learning, recreation, and information center.

Friends members support the idea that a library is a most valuable community asset that needs nourishment and support above its set budget. They believe in the value of books and reading, regard a library as an impartial, reliable information center, and look upon it as a dynamic agency for the education of both youth and adults. 

Current Friends Board Members

Katy Kempton, President Betty Allen, Board Member
Jim James, Vice President Jo Anne Michaels, Board Member
Carole Stokes, Secretary Leigh Hinds, Board Member
Laurie Moore, Treasurer Paul Kurtz, Board Member
Bonnie Longstreth, Book Sale Chair Sarah Armstrong, Board Member
Diana Cross, Book Store Manager Yvonne McCoy, Board Member

Joining the Friends

Founded in July 1970, the Friends group is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, classified as a 501(c)(3).  Friends raise funds to benefit the library through book sales and memberships.  If you would like to become a member of the Friends of the Library, print off the membership form, complete and mail it to: Friends of the Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702. 


The Friends of the Boise Public Library collect books, records, DVDs, CDs tapes and magazines to benefit the library. Some of these gifts are incorporated into the library’s collection, while others are sold in the Friends book sales or the Friends bookstore to benefit the library. Donations are accepted at the Main Library only.  Learn more.


Members of the Friends and other volunteers staff the Friends bookstore at the Main Library, process books for sales, staff the annual spring and fall book sales, and help with other activities as needed.  Call 972-8247 to learn more, or complete the Friends volunteer application form and return it to:  Friends of the Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702 . 

Friends Activities

Friends promote the interest and welfare of the library and encourage all citizens to use the services the library offers. They work to make the community familiar with the many services Boise Public Library has to offer. Friends may also be library volunteers. 

Friends make contributions of books and materials to aid in developing the library collection; they give gifts of money for the advancement of library services; and they give other gifts as the library has need. Friends encourage donations of books, videos, recorded books, music and similar materials for inclusion in their book sales and bookstore, which are coordinated and staffed by Friends volunteers.   Learn more

The Friends raise money to benefit the library through book sales.  In April each year, they conduct a very successful annual Spring Book Sale, around the time of National Library Week. They also conduct an annual Fall Book Sale, which includes barely-used books suitable for gift-giving.  Year around, they maintain a small ongoing book sale under the stairwell at the Main Library, and operate a bookstore on the first floor of the Main Library.  All of these are staffed by volunteers, and all proceeds benefit the library.

Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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