About Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

The Friends will hold their annual members’ meeting on September 23, 2:30 – 5 p.m., at the Main Library.  Howard Owen During our business meeting, we’ll elect new FRPL Board members.  Special guest is author and journalist Howard Owen who will talk about his latest released book, Annie’s Bones, and have copies available for purchase. Owen will also provide a sneak preview of Scuffletown, due out in January 2019!  NotAnnie's Bones cover art a Friend? Consider joining – find out how to join at the bottom of this page.
Scuffletown cover art

Semi-Annual Big Book Sale

Thanks for supporting the library by purchasing books at our used book sales.  Proceeds from the Friends’ used book sales support programs and projects of the Friends of the Library and Richmond Public Library—summer reading, early literacy, and library renovations.

We’re holding a book drive on October 6, 2018, from 9 to 2 at the Main Library.  Drive up to the rear loading dock and volunteers will gladly take your donated materials in for you!  The next sale is November 2 and 3, 2018.


Here at the library, we Friends love books.  We especially love FREE BOOKS!

Thank you for thinking of RPL when you have new or gently used books to give away.  The Friends take great care in sorting the books, adding them to the library collections, or pricing them, and putting them in our Big Book Sale!  To donate, just print off the donation sheet by RPL Book Donation.

“What type of books and materials does the library like?” – Well, we take all kinds of books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.  Some things we can’t resell (not that we don’t like old books that have been in a basement – they’re kitschy, but sorry, we can’t use them), and some things we just get too many of the same copies.

Want to Donate?

Each of our library branches will be glad to accept up to 2 sacks of gently used books during regular business hours. Please don’t leave donations at the library when we are closed.  Any donations over 2 sacks are to be dropped off at the Main Library during regular business hours. (Please NO magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, or worn-torn-forlorn books)

Join the Friends of the Library

“Be the coolest person you know!”

Benefactor $100
Patron $50
Family $30
Individual $15
Student/Senior $10
              Benefactor $500
              Sponsor $100
              Patron $50


For more information, call the Friends office at 804-646-3411 or visit the Friends website at rvalibraryfriends.org.

Payments can be made to:

“Friends of the Richmond Public Library”, 101 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219