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 $730,000 to assist the library with current programming and to be available for use when a new main library is re-built.
We are gearing up for the book sale this fall, and we are fortunate that we have secured the same location as the last few years for the sale. Donations for the sale will be accepted from August 6 until October 8, so start getting your contributions ready. Drop off at the Huron St. site any day from Monday-Saturday between 2-5pm starting on Tuesday, August 6. Drop-offs are not available on Sundays and Labour Day. Donations may also be dropped off at any branch of the Guelph Public Library during their open hours after August 5. For a list of what we accept or do not accept please go to our book sale donations page.
Effective Friday, April 26, you will no longer be able to get inter-library loans through the Guelph Public Library. The drivers who move materials among all of the libraries in the southern Ontario region will be laid off and the service shut-down, the result of a 50% Ontario government budget cut to the service provider, SOLS (Southern Ontario Library Service).
You can help reverse this short-sighted decision.
Sign the Change.org petition
After a one-year hiatus, Guelph Reads!, sponsored by the Friends of the Guelph Public Library, returned to the main Library on February 27 and was greeted by a substantial, supportive audience despite the stormy weather.
Moderated by Anne Mackay, the panel of prominent Guelph citizens included Guelph Symphony conductor, Judith Yan; recent local politician Aggie Mlynarz; and Rev. John Borthwick, the minister of St. Andrew’s Church.
They supported, respectively, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq, and Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga.
All three panel members agreed that all three books are outstanding and should be on everyone’s ‘must read’ list; and in a first for Guelph Reads! the audience vote resulted in a tie for ‘first read’ between Split Tooth and Seven Fallen Feathers.