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    Friends Of The Lynchburg Public Library

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    Since the establishment of the Lynchburg Public Library in 1966, the Friends have promoted literacy, advocated for the development of library services, encouraged community support, and funded projects to support library services by providing equipment, materials and programs.

    The following are supported by the Friends of the Library

    • An endowment fund to assure library funding regardless of federal, state and local funding fluctuations
    • $14,507 annually to the Volunteer Program – 100 volunteers gave 3,000 hours in 2012
    • Youth Summer Reading Program – over 2,500 children were reached in 2012
    • The purchase of books for adults
    • The Library newsletter
    • Support for Lynchburg Reads, a community reading program

    In 2004, the Friends coordinated a succesful Advocacy Campaign to maintain city funding at current levels. Over 1,000 citizens contacted City Council in support of the Library. Without this support, $175,000 would have been cut from the FY 2005 budget.

    In March 2010, after the Friends and an anonymous donor each contributed $10,000, city council agreed to provide the necessary funds to keep the Downtown Branch and Law Library open.


    Download and print out a Friends Brochure with Membership Application.  Link to Friends Brochure (side B).

    Your financial support is vital to help fund the services that fall outside the scope of the city budget and help make our community stronger by supporting the programs mentioned above and more.  The Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library are a 501(c)3 organization and your contributions are tax-deductible. 

    Donations may be made by check or credit card, on-line or by mail.  Please use the donate button above for credit card or PayPal payments - they will be processed securely by PayPal and no PayPal account is necessary.  To donate by mail please use the contact information below.

    If you would like your donation to be made "In honor of..." or "In memory of..." someone, please use the "Add special instructions to the seller field," located on the PayPal donation screen, to include the following information:

    • State if In Honor or In Memory of
    • Provide individual's name (one name per $10's donated)
    • Contact information of person to be notified of your gift (amounts not disclosed)

    Gift materials - bring your gently-used books, magazines, videos, and DVDs as gifts to the library

    Your continued support is appreciated by the Friends, the Library and all the patrons - adults and children - we are able to share the love of books and new technologies associated with the exchange of information.  Thank you.


    Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library
    2315 Memorial Ave.
    Lynchburg, VA 24501
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