Friends of the Library

Who are the Friends?

A non-profit, membership organization devoted to supporting NKCPL programs, exhibits and special projects. While membership is a small investment, the community reaps big rewards through the support of the Friends. Since 1997, the Friends of NKCPL have promoted, enhanced and expanded the presence of the library for the benefit of the community. Friends' members are concerned citizens, business community members and students who strive to develop financial resources and programs. In addition, Friends members aim to create public awareness and to serve as an advocate for NKCPL.

Why Join the Friends?

If you've attended library programs or browsed the CD collection, you've already experienced the difference that the Friends make to NKCPL. The Friends provide funds and materials that enhance library services and programs on an annual basis. This support allows the library to offer special benefits to the community, which are not within the library's annual operating budget. The result? A stronger library for the North Kansas City community which offers unique programs, enhanced collections and "special touches" throughout the building. Examples of past Friend's gifts include a commissioned Jim Hamil watercolor of the 1939 library building, children's computer workstation furniture, kitchen cabinets, programs featuring local authors, foreign language materials, and the CD music collection.

What are the Benefits?

Friends of NKCPL are invited to enjoy the special exhibits and public programs made possible through the group's support. Friends also receive library mailings detailing upcoming events and special programs and a newsletter. While there is no time commitment required to join the Friends, unique volunteer opportunities are open to Friends as individual members are interested. Also, Friends membership contributions and gifts are fully tax deductible. Certainly, the satisfaction of contributing to the cultural life of the North Kansas City community and the knowledge that you are supporting the efforts of the library to foster reading by all members of the community are perhaps the greatest benefits of all!

Joining the Friends of the North Kansas City Public Library is simple! Download our Friends membership application, print it out, and mail to us with a check or money order, and you are on your way