Friends of the London Public Library

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Friends of the London Public Library is a volunteer organization that provides community support for our library system in London, including operating the Friends Book Store at Central Library and the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale. Proceeds raised by Friends of the Library support value-added library programs and services.

Friends Book Store at Central Library

You'll find a great prices on a fantastic selection of used books, DVDs, magazines, puzzles and more for every age and interest at the Friends Book Store at Central Library. Debit and credit now accepted! The Store is located on main floor of Central Library (Citi Plaza side). Two hour parking validation is provided for those parked at Citi Plaza (bring your ticket to the Library's main desk).

Store Hours (August 2021)

Monday - Friday: 10am-3pm

Saturday: 11am-2pm

Closed on holidays.

Annual Book Sale 2021

Unfortunately, the Friends Annual Book Sale will not be held this year (2021), but the Friends are hoping to hold it sometime in 2022. The Friends appreciate your support and hope that you visit their Book Store at Central Library. In addition, watch for pop-up book sales, with dates and locations announced on the Friends website (friendslondonlibrary.ca) and on the Library's social media channels.

Contact the Friends

(519) 661-2448

friends@lpl.ca

251 Dundas St.

London, ON

N6A 6H9

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Events

Friends of the London Public Library coordinate and assist with:
LPL Annual Fall Book Sale
Annual Book Sale 2018
Friday, October 19: 9 am- 9 pm
Saturday, October 20: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, October 21: 10 am - 4 pm
New Location: Centennial Hall (lower level), 550 Wellington St.
CASH ONLY

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Every October Friends of the Library holds a giant book sale. The sale offers a great assortment of books for all ages, as well as CDs, DVDs, VHS, audiobooks and magazines. There are also some specialty books and collectibles. All at bargain prices!

Friends of the Library takes donations of materials for the book sale all year round.

If you would like to donate items, please drop them off at your local branch library and let them know they’re for the Friends of the Library book sale, or, if you have several boxes, contact Friends to arrange for pick up.

Please review the materials donation guidelines.

Book Sale Girl

Volunteers are very important to the successful operation of the book sale. Friends invite you to participate. Call or email if you’re interested in being a volunteer at the sale.

As a thank you, volunteers are invited to the Preview Sale & Reception the night before the sale opens to the public.

Contact Friends:
Email: friends@lpl.ca
Phone: 519-661-2448 (please leave a voice mail with your contact information)

Speaking With Friends

Friends of the London Public Library annually hosts Speaking With Friends, their fundraising Lectures on Literature and Literacy series.

Authors reading and speaking at the event over the years have included Emma Donoghue, Peter Robinson, Maureen Jennings, Eleanor Wachtel and Bill Richardson.

A reception, book sale and signing are also part of the evening. Admission to Speaking With Friends is by donation.

Speaking With Friends is a fundraiser for Child and Youth literacy programs sponsored by London Public Library.

A Book For Every Child®

book for every child logo pictureFriends of the Library assist in the annual A Book For Every Child® campaign that runs in November and December. Friends coordinate the participation of local book stores (many offer discounts on books purchased for the campaign) providing them with campaign information, and collecting donated books to be delivered to the library.

Every year many people make the campaign a success: generous Londoners who donate to the campaign, staff at book stores, library staff and Friends of the London Public Library volunteers.

The A Book For Every Child® campaign distributes over 6,000 new books to local children through 46 London agencies that work with families in our community.

Donations to the A Book for Every Child Campaign®  can be brought to any library location all year round.

Find out more about Book for Every Child®
Jazz for the People

Jazz for the People

A very popular program, co-sponsored by the Friends and the Library, is Jazz for the People.

This free jazz concert series at the Wolf Performance Hall features local musicians and visiting guest musicians playing a wide range of jazz genres.

Look for concert dates and coming performers in the Library's event listings.

 

Join Us

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Some of our Volunteers
Joining Friends of the London Public Library means...
  • An opportunity to work with others to enhance library collections and programs
  • The satisfaction of working with others to contribute to the community, by supporting an important civic institution.
Benefits of Membership
  • Attendance at programs and events planned or sponsored by the Friends.
  • 10% discount at Oxford Bookshop when showing a current membership card.
  • 20% discount at the Library Store on Fridays, when showing a current membership card
  • Special preview night for volunteers at the annual booksale.
How can I become a Friend?
Just fill out the membership application. Mail it with your payment to the Friends office, or drop it off at your nearest branch.

Mail to:
Friends of the London Public Library
251 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
N6A 6H9

For more information: Email us at friends@lpl.ca or leave a message at the Friends office (519) 661-2448.

Library Store

About The Library Store

Managed and run completely by Friends of the Library volunteers, The Library Store sells new and gently used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more. There are hundreds of different items to choose from, including fiction, non-fiction and children's materials. New inventory arrives weekly and every month The Library Store's special promotions are advertised at the store.

The Library Store is located at the Central Library in the Hudson's Bay Passageway. Proceeds from the store support special projects of London Public Library.

Location
Central Library
251 Dundas Street
519-433-1495
Store Hours

Hours of Operation

Days
Hours
Mondays to Thursdays10 am - 5:30 pm
Fridays10 am - 5 pm
Saturdays10 am - 4 pm
Sundays & HolidaysClosed

Please note that the Library Store may be closed or close early in the case of inclement weather.
You may call ahead to confirm Library Store hours:  519-661-4600.

Volunteering at The Library Store

Do you enjoy customer service and love books?

Are you comfortable working with cash, using a cash register, helping customers and unpacking and shelving books? 

Would you like to be part of a great volunteer team?

Even our Store Managers are volunteers!

The Library Store is looking for new volunteers.

Store volunteers work a weekly shift and work with one other volunteer.

Training is provided and you work with a great volunteer team.

We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to volunteering for at least 6 months (with time off for holidays).

Interested?

Contact Kristen Loblaw

kristen.loblaw@lpl.ca
519-661-2300

tore Hours
Winter Hours (until June 23)
Monday - Thursday 10am - 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Sundays - Closed
Closed Saturday Oct 6 and Monday Oct 8 for Thanksgiving holiday
Please note that the Library Store may be closed or close early due to inclement weather.  
You may call ahead to confirm Library Store hours:  519-661-4600