What is a Friend of the Library?

A friend of the library is a person who wants to support a library through advocacy and fundraising.

Currently, the Friends of BPL has two primary ways to raise money: the Friends Bookstore and membership dues.

You may join the Friends of BPL at the following levels:

Senior citizen or student $10
Individual $20
Family $30
Patron $100
Benefactor $500

The Friends of the Birmingham Public Library make it possible for the Library to improve the quality and scope of its services.

The Friends of BPL is a structured nonprofit association of individuals which provides for various special needs of the Birmingham Public Library through community-based efforts. We volunteer our time and energy, promote the library, and secure financial support.

And we'd like you to join us! Mayor William Bell has proclaimed this week as "Friends of Libraries Week" in Birmingham!

The Friends of BPL is growing! We've doubled in the past two years and we're looking to accelerate that growth. Soon, we would like to boast thousands of members.

Your membership dues alone will go miles to help us continue our mission of support. This year alone we have given three Beyond the Budget Awards to staff members (which fund library projects outside the scope of the library budget), sponsored the Eat Drink Read Write Festival and Staff Day, and given thousands of dollars to BPL's book budget.

We're hosting a members-only sale in the Bookstore on Thursday and Friday, so right now is an EXCELLENT time for you to join!

If you have any questions, please contact the Friends at 205-226-3761.

Thank you and Happy Friends Week!