National Friends of Libraries Week

Happy National Friends of Libraries Week! It’s the annual celebration of library Friends groups and everything that they do to support their neighborhood libraries.

It was no coincidence that QPL and our Government & Community Affairs department held our annual Friends Mid-Year Conference on Saturday, October 19 at Cambria Heights Library, with our special keynote speaker, Congressman Gregory Meeks! Thank you to all the Friends members who joined us that day.

According to a 2012 United for Libraries survey, Friends groups raise, on average, over $50,000 for their libraries each year.

There are currently 26 Friends of the Library groups throughout the borough of Queens. They create public support for their library branches, sponsor programs that enhance the cultural life of their communities, serve as legislative advocates for Queens Public Library, and much more!

Our Friends make sure that the communities we serve and the elected officials who represent them know that people care deeply about their local public libraries.

If you'd like to join an existing Friends group, or start your own chapter for your neighborhood library, contact your local Community Library Manager, or send an email to

Thank you again to all the Friends of Queens Public Library!