Friends of the Library

About the Friends of the Southbury Public Library, Inc.:

We are a non-profit, voluntary, incorporated organization. Our major sources of funding are the annual book and media sales and membership dues.

Becoming a Friend

To become a member of The Friends of the Southbury Public Library, Inc., please see information below. Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law; please consult your tax advisor. The Friends welcome both annual memberships and targeted donations, which may be memorials or gifts honoring a special person or occasion. 

Our Mission

To foster close relations between the Southbury Public Library and the community, and to encourage the full use of the library.The Friends provide supplementary programs, services, and equipment in order to increase effectiveness and scope of the Southbury Public Library.


We regularly meet on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in the conference room on the first floor of the Southbury Public Library. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Jeff O'Sullivan, President, at 203-578-5988.

What The Friends Do

We purchase passes for free/reduced admission to area museums; fund programs for adults, teens, and children; provide coffee/tea for a nominal fee (dispenser is behind staircase); provide funding for the Library Music Series; award one $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors each May; and offer umbrella bags to keep the library clean and dry. In 2019, the Friends funded a major upgrade to the library's courtyard gardens and installed new lighting.

Book Donations

We accept donations of books and materials throughout the year and at Donation Days. For a list of books and materials that we accept, please read our Donations Policy. For larger donations, please contact one of our members:
John (203) 525-0199
Ken (203) 233-1714
Jeff (203) 578-5988

Book Sale

For information about our annual book sale, please contact John at (203) 525-0199. Information about upcoming sales can be found here. 

Thank You!

A special thank you from The Friends of the Southbury Public Library, Inc.

Our spring book sale was a great achievement; the $38,000 we raised goes a long way to fund the annual budget of $39,000 in support that we provide to the Southbury Library for programs and activities.

We wish to thank the following breakroom sponsors that donated food to feed the 100 volunteers that made the four day sale possible:

  • Shoprite
  • The Bakery
  • Julio’s
  • Oriental Gourmet
  • Nardelli’s
  • Southford Pizza
  • Mikee’s
  • Señor Pancho’s
  • Chip’s
  • Samui
  • Miranda’s
  • DiPalma’s

When you visit, please thank these fine Southbury businesses for their support of the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Thank you, Southbury Printing, for the professional guidance you provided for our street banner and street signs.

And a great thanks to the library staff, the Library Board, and the Town of Southbury for their ongoing and substantial support. Thank you donors from Southbury and our surrounding communities for your generous donations of books and media.

Finally, a thank you to the 2,500 shoppers that attended the sale and made it a great success.

Join the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Southbury Public Library, Inc. know that one of the best ways to assure the quality of life in our community is by having a thriving Public Library that provides an abundance of entertaining and enlightening Children, Teen and Adult programs.

The Friends play an important role in the Life of the Library by underwriting programs and helping to purchase equipment, supplies, Museum passes, conducting the Book Sales program and more. Yearly membership in the Friends make this possible. Would you like to participate in this vital process?

Membership Information

The membership year is from July 1st to June 30th. Membership levels are as follow:

  • Individual - $10
  • Family - $25
  • Donor - $50
  • Patron - $100
  • Benefactor - greater than $100

You can give a Gift Membership to a special person. Please include the recipient's name on PayPal (in "Write a note" field) or the paper form and we will acknowledge your generosity with a letter to them.

A receipt for Tax purposes and information regarding your membership, the programs and events the Friends sponsors will be mailed to you. The Friends of the Southbury Public Library, Inc. is an IRS registered nonprofit 501(c)3 Corporation whose charter is to privately support the Southbury Public Library and its relationship with the community

Join or renew online with your credit card

You can now join the Friends of the Southbury Public Library or renew your membership online. You do not need to have a Paypal account, just a credit or debit card.

Join or renew by mailing in a check

To join or renew your membership by mail, download the Membership Form.

Friends Newsletter

Friends Fall 2020 Newsletter part 1
Friends Fall 2020 Newsletter part 2