Returning to the Guelph Public Library
May 27, 2020!

Join our panelists at the Main Library for an evening of friendly competition to choose the next book for Guelph to read. Our moderator will set the ground rules, help keep the debaters on track and involve the audience in questioning and subsequent discussions. Watch this space for more details as they are confirmed.


Who are the Friends of the Guelph Public Library?


We are an arms-length group of community volunteers who believe that the Guelph Public Library is a necessary & vital community institution.

We support the goals of the Library.

We volunteer to make a great library even better.

We promote the Library in the community through special programs, fundraising, and advocacy.

Our main fundraiser is our annual GIANT book sale.

To date the sale has raised more than $750,000 to assist the library with current programming and to be available for use when a new main library is re-built.




“Open Minds” Returns in May, 2020

Save the Dates!

May 6
The Olive Experience: Intro to the Mediterranean Diet!
Rick Zuccato will conduct an informal education and tasting session, explaining the harvesting process, the intricacies of true Extra Virgin Olive Oils and real Balsamic Vinegars and their histories. Participants will get to sample and pair between a select set of Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars that have specially selected for them to “Experience”! Guests will also taste a delicious drink made from one of the balsamics with sparkling water! These same olive oils and balsamics will be available in bottles and gift sets to purchase.

May 13
He’s the Top: Cole Porter
One of the greatest composer/lyricists of the 20th century, Cole Porter is revered for his witty lyrics and musical sophistication. Jordan Klapman, pianist/musicologist extraordinaire, covers Porter’s extraordinary life, including classic original recordings and video clips of Porter’s greatest Broadway and Hollywood songs that occupy a very prominent position in The Great American Songbook.

Program registration details coming soon.


Thank you!

Thank you for another successful book sale!

…To our dedicated volunteers, over 200 of them!

…To our sponsors, donors, and suppliers

…To the neighbourhood around the sale, the city of Guelph, and surrounding areas

…To the first timers and the faithful shoppers who return year after year

$116, 684,000 raised this year, $875,000 to date.

Let’s do it again in 2020, and let’s make it to a million!



Revenue from 2019 booksale $116,684!!
Total revenue raised by the Friends $875,000!