Congratulations to the newly installed Executive Team of the Friends of the Guelph Public Library!

Back row: GPL CEO Steve Kraft; Friends Vice-Chair Paul Young; Library Staff Liaison Lisa Cunningham; Friends Chair Ian Findlay; Library Board Liaison Bang Ly; Friends Secretary Tara Signorelli

Front Row: Member-at-Large Kathy MacLean; Membership Coordinator Mary Mulholland; Member-at-Large James Gordon; Member-at-Large Linda Kearns; Friends Treasurer May Goodwin; Members-at-Large Nancy Ryan and Anne MacKay


AGM – April 19 – Update

The Executive of the Friends were thrilled to hold its first “in person” Annual General Meeting on April 19 since Covid-19 forced the cancellation of meetings from 2020-2022.

At the business meeting the members passed a new set of Bylaws, a budget for the upcoming year, and a new slate of executive members. We bid farewell to our founding Chair, Virginia Gillham, who has decided that after more than 15 years of dedicated service to the Friends and to the public library it is time to pass the torch to a new executive. Her contribution to the success of the Friends, and to the annual fund-raising initiative, the used book sale, is beyond measure. Her energetic leadership will be missed.

Following the business meeting we were delighted by our guest speaker, Architect, Duncan Bates, who gave us an extensive “tour” through the amazing features of the new main library.

Thank you! to all of you who recently responded to our requests for membership renewal – your support of the Friends is always appreciated!


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 Community book sale.

After an annual gift to the library for current programming, investments from revenue sources such as the annual Book Sale accrue to nearly $1 million. This will be available for use when a new library is built.


Mary Elizabeth Macrae
d. March 25, 2023

The Friends of the Guelph Public Library are sad to announce the passing of a true friend and staunch supporter of the public library, Elizabeth Macrae. We wish to recognize her  faithful support of the Friends of the GPL, and extend our condolences to her family and friends. For more about Elizabeth’s exceptional life click here.



Please click here to read a thank you message to the Friends Book Sale Volunteers from our 2022 Core Committee Coordinator, May Goodwin

And to our sponsors, donors, suppliers, neighbours, and faithful customers –  a warm thank you for your invaluable support!


Book Sale Survey – Closed with our thanks for your responses!

The Customer Feedback survey from this year’s sale has gathered some great feedback that will help us plan for next year’s sale. But it is closed now, and we have drawn a winner for the Market Fresh $25 gift card. The winner this year is L. Bowman – congratulations!


Sale Days Volunteers Still Needed – October 12-16

A number of volunteer positions are still open on the weekend days of the sale, October 15 and 16, if you can spare a few hours to help on a shift.

Click on the button to find the schedule, then choose a task and a time to sign up!Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp



Volunteers Needed! Post Sale SignUp is now available

Post Sale volunteers are needed when the sale is finished to pack up books, move furniture, and tidy up. To help with post sale clean up you can sign up here, or go to the Volunteer Page to  sign up.

By the way….

We still need some cash and tally, door, floor, table, and parking monitors for the Sale Days, too!

You need to sign up for a training shift to work at the sale. Use this link to sign up for training and work shifts for Sale Days or go to the Volunteer Page where you can find out what is needed, and then sign up there.


A free book for every child…

Once again the book sale has received a generous donation from our anonymous donor, to allow us to give a free children’s book to every child, accompanied by a parent, who visits the sale. We are very grateful for this repeated kindness and generosity.