New Hanover County
Friends of the Public Library

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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

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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

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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

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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