Why is it important to be a member of FONCPL?

In this time of declining resources and of increased demands being placed on our library systems, it is incumbent on each of us to do our part in supporting both our local libraries and the state library system. The Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries (FONCPL) exists as an umbrella organization to provide liaison with the State Library and support for local Friends organizations.

Your annual membership dues enable FONCPL to hold five free regional spring workshops for member Friends groups across North Carolina providing opportunities for sharing, learning, and networking. Popular roundtable topics at these workshops include fund-raising, membership recruitment, book sales, programs, and advocacy at the local and state level. Dues are also used to fund awards made for outstanding Friends of the Library service through two different recognition programs -- the Frances B. Reid for outstanding Friends groups and the Frannie Ashburn Volunteer-of-the-Year awards. Additionally, our fall Annual Meeting offers an opportunity for your Friends to provide input to the FONCPL Board.

Many local Friends organizations and public libraries hold group memberships in FONCPL and individuals are also encouraged to hold personal memberships. Each individual or group member is emailed the FONCPL newsletter which is packed with ideas that could benefit your Friends. We encourage members to contribute news, articles and photos.

The FONCPL Board members (Officers and Directors), all of whom volunteer their time and service, provide direct support to Friends groups by sharing their knowledge and experience whenever requested. A list of the Directors for your area of the state is available on this website.

Your support of FONCPL, local Friends of the Library groups and of our fine library system statewide is appreciated. We hope that you value our work and will choose to become and to remain a member of FONCPL.

FONCPL is a 501(c)3 organization and dues are tax deductible as allowed by law. Membership runs from January to the end of the following December.  Come join us!