Friends of the Galena Public Library

We are a group of people who are proud of our wonderful library and are dedicated to helping the library serve our community. The Friends of the Galena Public Library was established on February 4, 1994 and is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. The Friends receive funds through memberships, Corner Book Sale, and the Annual Book Sale. Friends membership dues and donations are fully tax-deductible. Membership dues allow the Friends to grant library funding requests that help to expand programming, enhance library services, and provide additional collections.


How the Friends help the library serve the community

We work to increase public awareness of library resources and services and assist in fundraising efforts to provide the library with additional collections and improved services. The Friends are active in promoting the library throughout the community. We also support the Freedom to Read Statement as expressed in the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights. 


Learn about the Friends’ activities and events

We send mailings to members and share information on the Galena, IL Facebook page. 


Recent activities include:

Annual pre-owned book sale

Sponsor library programs

Provide hospitality for library events

Maintain Corner Book Sale

Participate in local events to promote the library and Friends organization

Pursue new fundraising opportunities


Recent support provided:

Adult and children’s programming

Large print books and audiobooks

Book Page Magazine

Little Free Libraries

Ancestry subscription

eRead Illinois subscription


Books for Babies

The Friends have an outreach program called Books for Babies. Parents within the library district are entitled to receive a Books for Babies gift tote. The gift tote includes a cloth tote, a bib embroidered with the words “Read to Me,” a baby’s first book, several informative guides for caregivers, and baby’s first library card. 

Tote bags are made by Friends’ members Ginger Komiskey and Connie Allendorf; members of the Hills HCE Unit; and members of the Sew and So’s. 


Annual Book Sale

The Book Sale is the Friends’ largest annual fundraiser. If you are able, financial donations can be made to the Friends by sending them to the Galena Public Library. Funds raised are used to provide items not covered by the library’s operating budget. Book donations are typically accepted between February and June. Due to the ongoing pandemic, please contact the Galena Public Library at 815-777-0200 for more information. 


Join the Friends

To become a member of the Friends of the Galena Public Library District, mail a check with your name, address, phone number, and email to:


Friends of the Galena Public Library
601 S. Bench St.
Galena, IL 61036


You may also pick up a membership envelop at the library and at the Little Free Libraries around town. Membership runs from July 1st to June 30th. 

If you have questions, please contact us at friends@galenalibrary.org


Annual Membership Dues:

Student: $1

Individual: $10

Family: $30

Patron: $50

Sponsor: $100

Lifetime: $500


Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for volunteers! Your involvement is vital to our success. Opportunities include: Annual Book Sale, providing baked goods, assisting with special events, serving on the Friends’ Board and more.