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Chapel Hill Public Library

A department of the Town of Chapel Hill

Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library

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The 550-member Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library is a non-profit organization of citizens committed to furthering the excellence of the Chapel Hill Public Library.

The primary activities of the Friends include running the Friends Book Store (inside the Library, right next to the lower entrance), four annual big book sales, and monthly Meet-the-Author Teas. Books Sandwiched In is a book discussion group that meets the first Wednesday of (almost) every month at the Library.

Bookstore hours: 

Monday-Wednesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday-Saturday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Friends provide financial support for Children's and adult programming and purchase the Library's movie licenses. Each summer, this allows the library to have weekly showings of current films based on children’s books.

The Friends also foster community interest in current Library issues. In 2003, their efforts were instrumental in passing a $16.23 million expansion bond to increase the current library facility by 45,000 square feet. Today, the Friends continue to lobby actively for support of the Library.

The Board of Directors is elected by the membership in May at its annual meeting. Board meetings are held every other month at 4:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Room.

Last updated: 20 January 2011