Friends of the Library
What is a Friend?
The Friends of the Longview Public Library (LPL) is an organization of people who support the Longview Public Library with their ideas, their skills, their time, and their voices! Become a Friend today!
Next Membership Meeting
TBA | 6:30 PM
Meetings are held 4th Mondays of the month in the Library Auditorium unless noted.
Friends of LPL Fundraiser
See information about book sales.
The Friends are selling cards featuring these historical images from our Longview Room collection. A single card is $2, a set of 10 is $18. A set of 12 Christmas cards is $22. Orders can be placed on GiveButter and picked up in Library Drive-Thru. Cards are 5 by 7 inches with a matte finish. Envelope included. View all images.
- What do Friends do?
- Raise money for materials and equipment that the Library cannot afford to buy with its regular budget.
- Supply funds for summer reading activities and other Library events.
- Assist with children's programs by helping with crafts, serving treats, and making cookies.
- Conduct book sales.
- Provide library programs which focus on special audiences: annual holiday concert for senior citizens, parent programs, author programs.
- What are the benefits of being a Friend?
- Making new friends-friends develop lasting relationships working together.
- Providing a community service-libraries need citizen involvement!
- Supporting the library-hundreds of hours are logged monthly on Friends computers, their gifts to the library.
- Working with kids-summer reading, special programs-Friends' help is needed!
- Doing special things for senior citizens-Friends made the senior concert an annual event!
Become a Friend of the Longview Public Library
All Friends members-resident and non-resident- are committed to providing leadership and support for the Longview Public Library. The Library needs Friends and deeply appreciates all that the Friends contribute to the programs, services and collections of the Library. You can become a member by filling out the membership form and paying $5 dues per family each year. Dues are paid in January and are good for the entire calendar year. If you join mid-year, your dues cover through December 31 of that year.
City of Longview & Cowlitz Partial-County Rural Library District Residents
Residents of the City of Longview and the Cowlitz Partial-County Rural Library District are invited to join the Friends of the Library and participate in the many activities of the Friends which support the Library and its programs.
Support for the Longview Public Library can come in many forms. People may volunteer their time and talents. People may donate money, prizes, and needed special equipment. Friends also serve as advocates for the Library and the services it provides for the community.
Longview Resident Friends have a special stake in the support of the Longview Public Library; LPL is a city library given to the people of Longview by R.A. Long, the city's founder. Mr. Long built the library and also staffed and furnished it during its first year of existence; then he presented it to the City of Longview. The Longview Public Library truly belongs to the residents of Longview.
For more information about becoming a Friend of the Longview Public Library, please contact our Library Liaison to the Friends at 360-442-5323, or email the Friends of the Library. If you're ready to join, please fill out the online Membership Form, or download this printable membership form (PDF).
Would you like to support the Friends of the Public Library but don't have the time to commit right now? Consider making a secure one-time or ongoing donation via GiveButter.
Special Non-Resident Friends
The Longview Public Library has many patrons who live outside the city limits of Longview and the Partial-County Rural Library District, but who use and support the library in many ways. Non-resident Friends may earn a family library card by serving 22 volunteer hours, waiving the $100 per year non-resident charge.
Friend's cards are earned by mid December of each year and a family card (available to everyone living in the household) is issued for the following year. Most non-resident Friends earn an annual card, but some may earn a card for three or six months. Anyone interested in earning a card should contact the Library Liaison to the Friends, at 360-442-5323, by email to Friends of the Library, or via the online Membership Form.
Make a Donation
Use the GiveButter form below to make a financial contribution to the Friends of the Longview Public Library. Once you select your amount and choose continue, you will be able to choose your form of payment: credit/debit card, PayPal, Venmo, or check.