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Friends of the Bellingham Public Library

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The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library (FOBPL) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization established in 1952. The Friends are here to assist the Bellingham Public Library to better serve the citizens of Bellingham by:


Meetings | Membership | Volunteer Opportunities | Newsletters | Book Sales, Nearly New Books & Display Case Books | Donations | Magazine Swap | Memorial Gift Program | Scholarship Essay Contest | Continuing Education Grant


Officers meet regularly on the 2nd Thursday of most months at 1:00 p.m. in the Lecture Room at the Central Library. Please call 360-778-7250 or email for details.


To join the Friends, print out a Membership Application and mail it to:

Friends of the Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue - CS9710
Bellingham, WA 98227-9710

You may also pick up a Membership Application at any Bellingham Public Library location.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking to expand our pool of volunteers. Jobs can be as simple as helping 2-3 hours at a book sale or more specialized ongoing tasks to prepare for those sales. If you are interested in knowing more about these opportunities, please contact us at

Book Sales, Nearly-New Books & Display Case Books

Friends of the Library Booksale

Book lovers rejoice! Attend our used book sales and support your local library! For more information, please call 360-778-7250. The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library hold a minimum of four used book sales annually with most items priced $1 or less.

Other great deals on books for purchase are to be found in our nearly new books (many of which are donated by Village Books) on the main floor of the library near the self check out stations and on special books of local, historical, or esthetic interest in the display case on the ground floor near the elevator.

In 2013, thanks in large part to proceeds from sales of books, we were able to contribute over $95,000 to library projects such as reading programs for children, teens and adults, collection expansion, facility upgrades, Whatcom Reads, and many others.

Upcoming Book Sales

Two main book sales are held in May and December. In addition, the Friends hold frequent book sales throughout the year.

Winter Book Sale
December 3 through 6, 2014

Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - most items $1
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - half price day
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - $4 Bag Sale

Donating Books and Materials to the Friends of the Library

Please review the guidelines of what we can accept. Materials are reviewed continually, so items are accepted any time throughout the year. You may bring up to two boxes of books to the Central Library Checkout Desk marked, "For Friends".

Magazine Swap

As an additional service, the Friends accept used, still current magazines in good condition for recycling to the general public. These magazines are available at the Magazine Swap tables located at both the Central Library and Fairhaven Branch; please bring donations directly to the swap tables. Thank you for your donations!

Memorial Gift Program

The Memorial Gift Program honors the memories of individuals and provides additional materials and/or services for use by the library. Two options are available.

Book Memorial

Your memorial donation will fund a book on a particular subject of your choosing or, if you prefer, library staff will select a book in an area needing materials. A bookplate on the inside cover of the book will memorialize the individual and mention the donor. Letters of acknowledgment and appreciation are sent by the library to the family and donor.

Cash Memorial

Your memorial donation will fund additional materials and/or services sought by the library. Letters of acknowledgment and appreciation are sent by the library to the family and donor.

To participate in the Memorial Gift program, please print out and complete this form, then mail it along with a check to:

Friends of the Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue - CS9710
Bellingham, WA 98227-9710

Additional Contribution Opportunity

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Why not make that the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library? To do that you can either shop on AmazonSmile ( and choose us there or follow this link : AmazonSmile has the exact same products, prices and features as Amazon.


Continuing Education Grant Fund

In recognition of the extraordinary service provided by the staff of the Bellingham Public Library, the Friends established a continuing education fund in 2011 to provide opportunities for staff members to take advantage of educational and enrichment programs that will directly benefit library patrons.  Librarians and all categories of support staff who currently work ten or more hours per week are eligible. 

Staff members are encouraged to read the complete description about the fund and submit an application no fewer than 30 days prior to the event.

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