Friends of the Library

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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.

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In 1970—three years before Boise Public Library moved to its Main location—local citizens formed a nonprofit with the aim of making the library a center of learning, recreation and information. As the Friends of the Boise Public Library, we’ve been busy ever since, organizing annual book sales, running Tree City Books bookstore, selling books online and enticing our neighbors to be members of the Friends.

All proceeds raised have benefited the Library! In the last decade, we’ve donated more than $1,300,000 to the Boise Public Library, and we’ve been part of the construction or expansion of every branch library.

In continued support of our library and in celebration of our own 50th anniversary, the Friends of the Boise Public Library has made our most ambitious commitment yet.

We have set a Golden Goal to contribute $1,000,000 in 2020 toward the development of the new Main Library! Won’t you join us in this great community endeavor?

If you believe in the value of books and reading, and if you believe Boise Public Library is an invaluable educational asset for all, help us achieve our Golden Goal. It’s easy: be a member of the Friends; donate your used books to us; buy your next book from Tree City Books; and don’t miss our book sales!

Joining the Friends

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. 

 The Friends group is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that  raises 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.  

Donations

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.

Volunteering

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 Armstrong, Board Member       
  • Scott Lambert, Board Member
  • Christine Meeuwsen, Board Member
  • Jo Anne Michaels, Board Member           
Contact Us

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

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