Friends of the Library


The Friends of the Boise Public Library is a nonprofit citizens' 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.                                       

Joining the Friends

Founded in July 1970, the Friends group is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, classified as a 501(c)(3). The 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 and complete this membership form, and mail it to: Friends of the Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702. 


The Friends of the Boise Public Library accept donations of books, audiobooks, records, DVDs, CDs, software, and magazines in sellable condition 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 bookstores (Main Library and Amazon). Donations are accepted at the Main Library only. Large quantities may be delivered to the side door on River Street from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays only. Please ring buzzer for assistance - do not leave books on sidewalk. Learn more.


Volunteers of the Friends staff Tree City Books at the Main Library, process books for multiple book sales, and help with other activities as needed. Call 208-972-8247 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. 

Current Friends Board Members

  • Jim James, President 
  • Diana Cross, Vice President    
  • Carole Stokes, Secretary 
  • Celia Renner, Treasurer        
  • Bonnie Longstreth, Book Sale Chair
  • Eileen Oldag, Publicity & Marketing Chair    
  • Sarah Amrstong, Board Member       
  • Scott Lambert, Board Member
  • Jo Anne Michaels, Board Member           

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, movies, audiobooks, 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 gently used books suitable for gift-giving. Throughout the year, 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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