About Friends

Libraries can change lives. From reading programs for children in need to providing large print books for the elderly, Friends support our libraries and help people across New Orleans enjoy a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Since 1957, the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library has been contributing generously and providing vital volunteer service to partially fill the gap where city funding ends. Friends financially sponsor the Summer Reading Program, Children’s Book Week, Adult Programs, and Creative Writing Workshops. Friends also purchases supplies, awards scholarships to librarians continuing their education, and provides grants directly to each of the 14 library locations.

In addition to providing much needed funding to NOPL, Friends annually gives over 100,000 books to local schools, hospitals, shelters, prisons, and other community partnering organizations. Every year, Friends fund important and inspiring public library programs, benefitting our entire community.

This year Friends of the Library provided funding for:

  • 14,600 children, teens, and adults to participate in the Summer Reading Program
  • Early literacy education for 500 at-risk children and their parents
  • $8,000 in scholarships for local librarians who serve the public
  • Science Fiction and Mystery Literary festivals supporting New Orleans’ authors, African American writers and women writers

Learn more about joining Friends here – your support bolsters New Orleans’ vibrant literary culture and maintains free services to some of our most under-served families.

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