Friends of the Library

The Friends of Anderson Public Library is a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting and improving library services and resources. Located on the third floor of the Main Library, the Friends organize and implement their popular book sales and also help with library programs and activities.

Funds raised through book sales, Friends membership fees, and other fundraising activities are given to APL to be used for library programs and author visits. The Friends have donated over $600,000 since 1987. This money is vital to the continued success of the library's programming plan since tax dollars are not used for events and activities.

Teachers and educators will now receive 10% off purchases with a valid school ID.

Please note: Barcode scanning tools/apps are not allowed in the book sale area.

All Friends sales are currently cancelled until further notice. Please check back for updates.

View the 2020 Friends Sale Schedule

Aerial view of Main Library
How Can I Help?

Of course we invite you to attend the book sales! We also welcome your donation of books in good condition for use at the sales. The dropoff point is the library's checkout desk. Why not get acquainted with the Friends by volunteering to help at one of the sales? All we need are four hours of your time, the ability to add or make change, do some basic lifting, and stand on your feet much of the time. We also can schedule you for an orientation/information session about what our bookstore operations entail.

Become a Member of the Friends

For a $5 annual donation, individuals receive a 10% discount at the book sales and the satisfaction of making an impact in Anderson. Businesses can reap these same rewards for a $25 annual donation, while students under age 18 can join for just $2. A special Patron donation can be made for $50 per year. Attend a monthly book sale and talk to a Friend about joining, or simply fill out the form on this page and a Friend will contact you with more information.

Friends of the Library Officers


President: Linda Verhulst

Vice President: Kate Kalisz

Secretary: Mary Trent

Treasurer: Linda Garrison