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.

Winter Used Book Sale

The friends of the RHPL willl hold their Winter Used Book Sale on January 26 – 30th in the upstairs used book sale room of the library.

The presale for members of the Friends will be Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. (You may sign up or renew your membership at the door.)

The sale for the general public will be:

  • Thursday, January 27, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Friday, January 28 10:00 am to 5:00pm
  • Saturday, January 29 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 30 1:30 to 4:30 pm is Bag Day (All you can fit in a standard grocery bag for $5)

We have an exceptionally large number of children’s books, as well as a huge number of DVDs and CDs.

Friends of Rochester Hills Public Library 61/39 Raffle

Happy New Year 2022!

The Friends of RHPL is following up on our successful 60th anniversary 60/40 raffle with the 2022 version---the 61/39 Raffle and we’re doubling up on the prizes!

There will be a PAIR of winners. This time, there’s an early bird $500 drawing set for Feb. 15, 6:45 p.m. at the Library’s multi-purpose room at 500 Old Towne Road in downtown Rochester. A lucky early buyer chosen from all tickets purchased before 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 will get $500, with that ticket going back in the barrel for the grand drawing for 39 percent of the remaining pot. Prizes are minus any required taxation.

The grand drawing will be at March 15, 6:45 p.m. at the Library’s Multi-Purpose room. Entries close at 6 p.m. that day. Note well: Last year’s 60-40 raffle winner's share was $9,400 before taxes!


  • One ticket for $50
  • Two tickets for $75
  • Three tickets for $100
So don’t wait until mid-March to help us out and take a chance of starting your new year. Tickets are available beginning Jan. 3 at the Friend’s Library Store during the store’s operating hours. You can buy tickets online by Paypal when you click the button below. We will mail you any tickets you order.

Happy New Year and happy raffling.



Friends of Rochester Hills Public Library Wine, Wit & Wisdom

Wine, Wit & Wisdom is set for Saturday evening, April 30 taking place at the Library from 6:30 to10 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.

Registration will open March 1. Registration forms will be available at the circulation desk info rack after March 1 detailing registration information and speaker presentation descriptions. Registration forms will also be available to download from this website. Tickets are $80 per person; $90 per person after April 11, and closes April 25.

Here’s the roster of speakers:

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


      Winter Book Sale - January 26 thru 30
      Spring Book Sale - April 20 thru 24
      Wine Wit & Wisdom - April 30
      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