Winner of the 2018 Book Sale Questionnaire GIft Basket Draw - Cathy Rollinson. Congratulations!

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.


Please Attend Baker St. District Workshop Meeting – January 15, 2019

You’re invited to attend one of two drop-in workshops on January 15 as we gather community input to help shape the sustainability vision and goals for the Baker District redevelopment project.

The workshops will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Canada Company Hall at River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street. The content for both sessions is the same, and you can drop in or leave at any point.

Come talk with City staff and members of the Windmill Development Group team about the development and One Planet Living design principles. You can also provide input into the new central library design and programming by talking with library staff and members of the Invizij Architects Inc. team.

Workshop content will be online at by January 21 for community members who can’t attend the open house.

About the project

The Baker District redevelopment is a City of Guelph project aimed at transforming the existing parking lot and properties fronting the north end of Wyndham Street into a unique mixed-use development, including new central Guelph Public Library.

The Downtown Secondary Plan envisions the district becoming a model of urban intensification that drives visitors to the downtown and encourages business to thrive within its boundaries by combining residential and commercial/institutional spaces. The project also includes public parking and an urban square.

To learn more about the Baker District redevelopment project, visit or to participate in engagement activities, visit

For more information….
Martin Jewitt
Program Manager, Portfolio Development
Business Development and Enterprise
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3360


Volunteer Feedback from the 2018 Book Sale

To those of you who volunteered to make the 2018 book sale another rip-roaring success, thank you! Our success from year to year depends on your hard work and commitment. If you participated as a volunteer for the 2018 book sale and would like provide feedback to the book sale coordinating group that will help us to organize the 2019 sale, please complete the volunteer feedback survey, no later than January 18, 2019. Thank you!


Get Ready for Guelph Reads! 2019

Join our panelists on February 27, 2019 at 7pm at the Main Library for an evening of friendly competition to choose the next book for Guelph to read. Click on the “Guelph Reads!” button to find out which books will be defended by panelists John Borthwick, Aggie Mlynarz, and Judith Yan.


12th Annual FGPL Book Sale

October 19-21, 2018

Total this year $118,000

Total raised to date more than $745,000 !!!