Friends of the Library groups are community-based, non-profit organisations whose aim is to support and promote the library service as a key cultural, educational, and recreational asset for our community.
How do Friends achieve their goals?
Friends' meetings are a forum for discussing library issues, and offer the opportunity for community participation and assistance in the library service. Through promotion, lobbying and fundraising for the library, the Friends of the Library can raise community awareness and use of the wide range of library resources and facilities.
Aims and objectives of the Friends are to:
- encourage community awareness of the resources, programs and activities available through Sunshine Coast Libraries
- provide a common meeting ground for the patrons of Sunshine Coast Libraries to sponsor and support special programs and appropriate gifts for the libraries
- encourage other gifts, endowments and sponsorship agreements
- promote activities for volunteers
- raise funds for the library for specific, agreed projects
- act as an advocate and lobbyist on behalf of the library and its users – a voice for Sunshine Coast Libraries.
Types of activities the Friends may undertake:
- create support for the role of the library in the community
- promote activities for specific library programs
- conduct or assist in the arrangement of occasional library functions, such as workshops, exhibits and other activities
- volunteer to work in the library on specific tasks, such as provision of services to the housebound, or literacy programs
- provide fundraising activities for the library service.