Founded in 1990, the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library is the membership organization for the community-based Friends groups that support their local branches. The Federation and Friends groups are strong advocates for DC Public Library services, programs, facilities, and funding at the community level and before the DC City Council and Mayor’s Office.
The DC Public Library was recognized as the Best Local Government Agency in the Best of DC 2022 Results as reported by the City Paper. The DC Public Library is the most egalitarian and democratic institution in the DC Government. It is open and welcoming to all no matter their age, status, or background.
The management and staff work hard to ensure a welcoming atmosphere and to provide top-notch services. DCPL has provided such programming as Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus, Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley Exhibit, and other great programs.
The Federation of Friends of DC Public Library (‘Friends’) also have an important role. We work with DCPL to ensure great programming is available city-wide, with the recent Arts All Night celebration as an example. We also provide funding and programming at the branch level to enhance the patron experience.
National Friends of Libraries Week is October 15 – 21, 2023. DCPL and the Friends will host a city-wide membership drive. The pandemic has lessened library patronage nationwide. So, please come and learn more about the Friends, and even volunteer. And remember, “Your library needs you!”
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Why should you become a Friend of DC Public Library? Your support is very important to keeping our beloved community resource vibrant and growing.
Since its founding, library friends across the city have partnered with DC Public Library to help raise additional funds and ensure our system is one of the very best in the country.
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We Invite your donations so that we can continue the work of the Federation of Friends of the D.C. Public Library.