Friends of Libraries


Trustee Essentials (download PDF): A Handbook for Wisconsin Public Library Trustees

Prepared by the Division for Libraries and Technology with the assistance of the Wisconsin Public Library Trustee Handbook Revision Task Force. Chapter 24 discusses Library Friends and Library Foundations.

  • The role of Friends of the Library groups and library foundations
  • How to develop a good relationship between the library board and support groups like the Friends of the Library or the library foundation
  • Financial support from the Friends of the Library or the library
Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends

Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends
A division of the Wisconsin Library Association. Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends Mission: “To foster improved abilities on the part of library trustees, Friends & advocates, in order to create better libraries and library services in Wisconsin.”

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United For Libraries

United For Libraries
A division of the American Library Association. “The mission of United for Libraries is to support citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for all types of libraries.” “A Short History of United for Libraries.”

United for Libraries will continue to build on the work and success of both ALTA and FOLUSA by helping Trustees and Friends work together at the local, state, and national levels to effectively promote and advocate for libraries, encouraging the development of library Foundations, and engaging corporate supporters to unite and strengthen voices in support of libraries.

The Trustee Zone

The Trustee Zone and United for Libraries provides training in webinars and guides for trustees.

  • Short Takes for Trustees is a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes) that can be shown during trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Subscription required.
  • Trustee Academy is a series of online courses to help trustees become proficient in their roles on behalf of their library. Requires registration.

Trustee Training Week

Trustee Training Week

Annually in August!

View recordings from TTW on demand.

Dedicated to providing timely and perpetually important information for Trustees and Boards for all public libraries.

WVLS Libraries with Friends Groups

Library Friends founded in…
Colby Public Library 1991
Crandon Public Library

20+ years

MCPL 25+ years ago
Rhinelander District Library May 2016
T.B. Scott Free Library 1999
Thorp Public Library March 2017
Tomahawk Public Library 2007
Western Taylor County Public Library about 2001
Demmer Memorial – Three Lakes No Friends Group
Abbotsford No Friends Group
Antigo/ Langlade No Friends Group
Granton Community Library No Friends Group
Greenwood No Friends Group
Jean M. Thomsen Memorial Library No Friends Group
Loyal Public Library No Friends Group
Minocqua Public Library No Friends Group
Rib Lake Public Library No Friends Group
Withee Public Library No Friends Group