New Hanover County Friends of the Public Library
New Hanover County Friends of the Public Library
  • New Hanover County
    Friends of the Public Library

    Who We Are & What We Do

    The Friends of the New Hanover County Public Library is a non-profit organization with hundreds of members.  We celebrate 42 years of advocacy for, support of, and service to our local public library because "libraries are essential to the functioning of a democratic society and . . . are the great symbols of the freedom of the mind."*

    --Franklin D. Roosevelt as cited by Ditzion, Sydney, Arsenals of a Democratic Culture (Chicago, ALA: 1957) p. v.

    About Us


    Support (verb):  give assistance to, especially financially.  

    The Friends support the libraries by     

    • fundraising for the new Pine Valley Library branch
    • funding library staff development grants
    • contributing to projects such as the Story Park/Story Walks and the Friends Volunteer Welcome Center


    Advocate (verb): to support or argue for a cause.

    The Friends advocate for libraries by            

    • focusing attention of library resources and services
    • affiliating with the NC Friends of the Library
    • collaborating with the Library Advisory and Foundation Boards


    Service (noun): the action of helping or doing work for someone.

    The Friends serve libraries by                   

    • providing refreshments and supplies for library events
    • organizing task forces for special projects
    • working as volunteers in libraries and during book sales

    Contact Us

    Get Involved!

    Are you passionate about libraries and what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

    New Hanover County Friends of the Public Library

    (910) 798-6319