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Friends Groups

Friends of Devon Libraries

We have several Friends’ Groups operating at libraries across the county. Joining a Friends’ Group is an ideal way to show practical support for your local library and to share ideas and activities with like-minded people.

What do Friends’ Groups do?

All groups are involved in some kind of fundraising. Although the Library Service is run and funded by Devon County Council, local librarians usually have a “shopping list” of extra goodies they would like: resources or equipment which would improve the library and add to the enjoyment of those using it. This might be toys and games for the Children’s area, extra comfy seating, or equipment to help older or disabled customers.

Extra funds also enable us to increase the number of fun activities we hold: author visits, writers’ workshops, storytelling and craft events are just some of the things supported in Devon Libraries so far by our Friends’ Groups.

Friends also provide practical support: by helping to host book groups and other events, preparing refreshments, and meeting and greeting visitors, they help us to extend the Library’s friendly welcome to more customers.

Libraries are usually greatly appreciated by people in the area. Friends’ Groups can make sure that local views are accurately reflected to the decision-makers responsible for the Service. Friends help to raise the profile of their local library and increase awareness of local needs.

How do Friends’ Groups operate?

The Library Service has produced guidelines (32KB - pdf help) to help in the setting up and running of local groups. Each group has its own constitution, with clear aims and objectives, decided in consultation between Friends and library staff. A small committee meets regularly to co-ordinate activities and make decisions, in consultation with the local librarian. Minutes are produced and distributed to members, local library staff and library managers.

What’s in it for me?

First of all, being part of a Friends’ Group can be a lot of fun. You get together with like-minded people who appreciate books and reading at a variety of social events.

There are opportunities to be creative: to contribute ideas on events and activities, meet authors, poets and illustrators and be part of the local cultural scene.

Friends’ Groups provide an opportunity to get across your ideas and opinions on local facilities, and to find out what others think.

Put simply, Friends’ Groups help us to put the Library at the heart of the community.

If you are interested in joining a local Friends’ Group or would like to discuss the possibility of starting one locally, please visit your local library and talk to the Librarian in Charge.

Libraries with Friends Groups:

AshburtonAppledoreBovey TraceyBrauntonBuckfastleigh
Budleigh SaltertonChudleighChagfordColytonCombe Martin       
Moretonhampstead  Northam            Okehampton        Ottery St Mary    Pinhoe
St ThomasSalcombeSeatonSidmouthSouth Molton
Stoke Fleming    TeignmouthTotnesUffculme

Policy and Guidance

Friends Groups - Framework (139KB - pdf help)
Friends Groups - Guidelines (131KB - pdf help)
Friends Groups FAQs (215KB - pdf help)

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