About the Friends of RHPL


The Friends of the Library is an organization that is dedicated to building a close relationship between the library and its patrons. We achieve our goals primarily through membership dues and fund raising.

Among the purposes of the organization are the following:

  1. Promote knowledge of and informed interest in the library’s functions, resources, services and needs.
  2. Encourage community participation in library activities.
  3. Raise funds for projects, activities or acquisitions in excess of those provided for by the general library budget at the discretion of the Friends Board of Directors.
  4. Provide support for programs for the extension and improvement of library services and resources.

We achieve our goals primarily through membership dues and fundraising.

Friends of Rochester Hills Public Library Wine, Wit & Wisdom

Registration is open for Wine, Wit & Wisdom, set for Saturday evening, April 30 taking place at the Library from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an entertaining evening with your choice of two of six informative speakers intermingled with a buffet dinner, wine/beer/soft drinks, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $80 per person and closes April 25.

Click here for a printable registration form that will give you all of the event details, or stop by the Circulation desk info rack to pick up a form.

To make your reservation, complete the registration form and drop it off, along with a check made payable to “Friends of RHPL”, into the Wine Wit and Wisdom box on the Circulation desk

OR mail to Friends of RHPL, Attn: WW&W, 500 Olde Towne Rd., Rochester, MI 48307.

OR pay online at Wine, Wit & Wisdom 2022 (EventBrite fee is approximately $6.50 added surcharge per ticket).

If you have questions, please call 248-321-2792.

Here’s the roster of speakers, see more presentation details on the registration form:

  • The Art of Matching Food and Wine–Victoria Connolly, proprietor and chef of Victoria's Wine and Dine in Oxford
  • Ocean to Ocean in My Model T–Steve Shotwell, president of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Board of Trustees
  • Breaking the Enigma Code: Start of the Technology Revolution–Frank Cardimen, Oakland Univ. Professor of International Management
  • Car Design: From Sketch to Reality–Darby Barber, General Motors car designer
  • The Building of an Opera Costume–Suzanne Hanna, costume director of Michigan Opera Theatre
  • The Real Reason to Attend a Live Symphony Performance–Lorrie Gunn, concertmaster of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Friends of RHPL Spring Used Book Sale - April 20

The Friends of the RHPL will hold their Spring Used Book Sale April 20 – 24th in the Used Book Sale Room upstairs in the library.

Preview for members of the Friends is Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Memberships may be purchased or renewed at the door

General Sale

  • Thursday, April 21 - 10 am to 8 pm
  • Friday, April 22 - 10 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday, April 23 - 10 am to 5 pm

Bag Day

  • Sunday, April 24 - 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • All you can fit in a standard grocery bag for $5

Besides the thousands of gently used books, there will be DVDs, CDs, Audio books, puzzles and games. We have an unusually large selection of Large Print Books in this sale.

  • Join the Friends of Rochester Hills Public Library

    Why Join The Friends

    Membership in the Friends is open to any person or organization interested in the purposes the Friends have established. Through payment of membership dues, you help the Friends achieve many of our goals. Beyond that though, what’s in it for you?

    Friends members are eligible to attend the Friends Preview night of all Used Book Sales, having the opportunity to get first choice at the prime books.
    Friends members receive a 10% discount on all purchases at the Friends Library Store.
    Friends members receive the twice yearly newsletter filled with news about the activities of the organization and offering a coupon for additional savings at the Friends Library Store.
    Friends members help make possible the FREE programs that make the RHPL such a tremendous asset to our community.

    What's Involved in Being a Friend?

    You don’t have to do anything once you’ve paid your dues. You can sit back and enjoy the benefits. But if you’d like to feel that you’re contributing more to your library and your community, there are a number of ways in which you can do that.

    Everything the Friends does is done by volunteers. The Friends Used Book Sales are run and coordinated by a hard-working, dedicated and fun-loving group of people who have made our Used Book Sales the envy of libraries far and wide. You can help, and we’d love to have you join us.

    The Friends Library Store is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers who know the importance of unique, high-quality items and personal, friendly customer service. You can help, and we’d love to have you join us.

    What about the annual Friends Holiday Home Tour (formerly the Holly Walk)? 100% volunteer organized and run for 15 years by people who take time out of their busy pre-holiday schedules to bring the community one of its most memorable yearly events. You can help, and we’d love to have you join us.

    You can help. We are always looking for people who want to get involved in the good work we are doing. When you fill out your Friends Membership Application Form, which is available online, in the store and in the Library, just indicate what you might like to do. Or call the Friends Membership line, 248-650-7160, and leave a message indicating in what areas you’re most interested. Friends Volunteer Opportunities are available in many areas of interest. You can also stop by the Friends Store and fill out an application to work there, or call the Used Book Sale line, 248-650-7178, for information on how you can help with the sales.

    Friends Membership Annual Dues









    Senior Couple


    *Please make all checks payable to Friends of RHPL.
    *Dues may be tax deductible
    *Senior rates for ages 62 & over

    Buy a Membership


  • Donate to the Friends of Rochester Hills Public Library

    Please consider donating a financial gift to the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library. All money donated to the Friends goes to support Library programs as well as providing funds for projects, activities, and acquisitions in excess of those provided by the general library budget. Examples of items the library has been able to purchase with Friends donated funds include: the aquarium in the lobby, the bookmobile, the second floor computers for use by the public, and the completion of the new second floor used book room, plus many more items. Also, when you look in the library's "News and Views" you will notice the Friends logo attached to many adult and children's programs that are underwritten by the Friends.

    Donating to the Friends helps to keep the Rochester Hills Public Library vibrant and up to date.

    Friends Board of Directors

    "The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law."


  • Guidelines for Donating Materials

    All materials must be in reasonably good condition. We cannot accept books that are dirty, moldy, or musty.


    Hardcover and paperback books
    Textbooks that are less than 10 years old
    CDs, DVDs, Bluray
    Books on CD
    Software and Books Encyclopedia sets in very good condition and less than 25 years old
    Records and Vinyl


    National Geographic Magazines
    Readers Digest
    Condensed Books
    Textbooks over 10 years old

    If you have a large donation and need help unloading it, please call the library before coming to make sure there is a volunteer available to help you. Volunteers are generally here Monday through Friday in the morning. For other arrangements, call 248-650-7178.

  • Friends Special Events

    Friends of RHPL offers various Special Events throughout the year


      Summer Book Sale - July 27 thru 30; Bag Day is Aug 1
      Fall Book Sale - October 19 thru 23
      Holiday Home Tour - December 11
  • Friends Board Meetings

    All meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month in the Board Room, located in the Library's Administration Area and begin at 7 P.M.
    The public is welcome to attend.

  • 50th Year Business Anniversaries

  • Friends Library Store

    American Spoon
    Michigan-made food favorites
    like American Spoon are favorite
    gifts and souvenirs.
     Pewabic pine cone tile
    We also carry vases and tiles
    crafted at Detroit’s historic
    Pewabic Pottery.
    Mission: Provide merchandise which fulfills the educational, informational, recreational, and cultural interests of the communities served by the library.
    The Friends Library Store is located near the staircase in the main lobby of the library. There you will find an imaginative selection of gifts, beautiful cards, stylish jewelry and accessories, home décor and seasonal items, as well as Michigan – themed and made products. The store has been run entirely by volunteers for more than 25 years, and all proceeds benefit the library.
    Volunteers Welcome
    The store always looks for helpful, smiling people to join the staff. If you enjoy interacting with customers and have a few hours free each week, please stop by for an application. New recruits are paired with veterans who know all the ins and outs.

    Store Hours

    Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.

    Phone: 248-650-7179