Revenue from annual book sales



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

The New Main Library Gets the Green Light!

By an 8-5 vote, Guelph City Council voted on October 7 in favour of proceeding with the new main library project. Read all about it here.

Thanks to everyone who wrote letters, spoke to the Councillors, or delegated at the recent meetings. Your overwhelming show of support was invaluable in moving this project forward.


If you care about the new library you need to act now!

Alternative Location – New Main Library


On October 5 and 7 City Council will meet to accept the staff recommendation report  to proceed with the new alternative location plan for the downtown Guelph Public Library. In recent days there has been some concern that some members of Council will try to re-open the debate about its affordability, aiming to reject the new proposal based on its cost.

Now more than ever your support for this project is needed. Please speak up and have your voice heard!

Write a letter to the Mayor and City Council indicating your support and send it to before 10am on Friday, October 2. If received before then your letter will be included in the Council’s package of correspondence for this meeting.

The meetings will be streamed live at and on Facebook. While the Committee of the Whole meeting starts at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 5 there are agenda items the Committee will work through before debating and deliberating on the Baker District report, so you may want to tune in a little later in the afternoon.