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Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library

Serving Kalamazoo Since 1959


The Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the library as an essential institution in our community.

With sales of gently used books from the Friends Bookstore, membership dues, and gifts, the group provides ongoing support to many Kalamazoo Public Library outreach programs and services. It also encourages literacy and reading within the community by making affordable quality reading materials available to everyone.

The Friends is governed by an elected board with two part-time employees and more than 300 dues-paying members. We are one of more than 2,000 Friends of the Library groups nationwide.


About Friends

In 2019, Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library celebrates its 60th anniversary. For six decades, the Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library have encouraged reading and literacy by underwriting library sponsored reading outreach programs and by operating the Friends Bookstore year-round as a source of affordable reading for everyone.


Join Friends

Friends encourages literacy while providing ongoing support to many Kalamazoo Public Library programs and services. Support your library and your community. Join Friends!


Friends Bookstore

Thousands of children’s books, hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction (mysteries, romances, sci-fi), nonfiction (cookbooks, history, travel, crafts), large print, CDs, audiobooks, DVDs, unique sets, collectibles and more! Inside Central Library on the lower level. Most books are 50¢ — $3.00!


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Stay up to date with the latest bookstore news, specials, sales and more from the Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library Twitter account.


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Stay up to date with the latest bookstore news, specials, sales and more from the Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library Facebook page.

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