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:
- Promote knowledge of and informed interest in the library’s functions, resources, services and needs.
- Encourage community participation in library activities.
- 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.
- Provide support for programs for the extension and improvement of library services and resources.
We achieve our goals primarily through membership dues and fundraising.
Have you missed the Used Book Sales?
We are happy to announce that we are opening the Book Sale Room on a limited basis BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To keep everyone as safe as possible, we will only allow 10 customers in at one time. Besides wearing a mask, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer and/or gloves when you enter the room, and to keep social distance as much as possible. All of the books have been quarantined for a minimum of 3 days and most of them for much much longer. We have been flooded with donations and restock our shelves daily, so we have a lot of new material.
Since your appointment time is reserved and there is no need to wait in line, please arrive only 5 minutes prior to your shopping session. There is no waiting area, and due to COVID restrictions, early arrival is not permitted. If you do arrive earlier, please browse the library stacks of circulating material up until your appointment time.
Saturday Book Sale: Starting at 9:30 am, we will have 8 shifts, with 10 customers at a time, and you will have 45 minutes to shop. To register for the Saturday sale, go to https://calendly.com/usedbooksale/saturday-book-sale.
Thursday Book Sale: Starting at 5:00 pm, we will have 3 shifts, with 10 customers at a time, and you will have 45 minutes to shop. To register for the Thursday sale, go to https://calendly.com/usedbooksale/used-book-sale-thurs.
To make it worthwhile for our volunteers, we are asking you to spend a minimum of $10. This should not be difficult, as we have a great collection of good books. If there is more than one of you coming, please sign up individually so we have an accurate count of the number attending.
This has been a challenging time for us all and we appreciate your patience. We have been doing our best with limited resources.
Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library
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
*Please make all checks payable to Friends of RHPL.
*Dues may be tax deductible
*Senior rates for ages 62 & over
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
WE DO NOT ACCEPT:
VHSIf 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.
National Geographic Magazines
Textbooks over 10 years old
Friends Special Events
Friends of RHPL offers various Special Events throughout the year
- December 12th - Holiday Home Tour
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
Please click on the businesses' name to bring you to our online poster (will open in PDF form). By clicking the year associated with the business, you will be redirected to their main website.
Friends Library Store
Michigan-made food favorites
like American Spoon are favorite
gifts and souvenirs.
We also carry vases and tiles
crafted at Detroit’s historic
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.
Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.