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MHLS Resources: Friends Groups - Getting Started

Getting Started

Friends Groups are formed to help support the library through:

  • Advocacy
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteerism

A Friends Group can take one of two forms:

  • Ad hoc group, overseen by the library board of trustees.
  • Formal, tax-exempt*, not-for-profit entity. Overseen by their own board,
    while working in conjunction with the library board and library director.
    • Not sure which is best for your library?
      Contact Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator of Member Information at or x39.

Starting or Revitalizting:



Visit the Membership Resource Center for help in this area!


Support Organizations:

Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS)

Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) joined forces to become an expanded division of ALA. The ALTAFF web site provides access to a Good Ideas Network, and Friend to Friend:ALTAFF Listservs.

Empire Friends of New York State The Empire Friends Roundtable of the New York Library Association (NYLA) was formed in 1992 as a direct result of the White House Conference on Library and Information Services. This conference confirmed the ever-increasing importance of libraries, and stressed the need for active support from the nonprofessional community.

Libraries for the Future (LFF) The mission of LFF: "Libraries for the Future builds the capacities of libraries to carry out their historical mission in an interactive environment."

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