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Who are the Friends?

  • People who care about and love the Irondale Public Library, regardless of whether they live in Irondale.
  • The Friends of the Irondale Public Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the library and its programs.
  • The Friends extend the library’s capacity through dollar gifts and program support.
  • Friends of the Library organizations are independently connected to local public libraries across the United States. Each library may have their own Friends organization. Having local groups allows for customization of support.

What do the Friends do?

  • Advocate for library support
    • The Friends champion the library to encourage community use and government support.
    • Friends find creative ways to fundraise for needs of the library to be met. Some recent successful fundraisers have been gift basket raffles and t-shirt sales.
    • Their purpose is to raise funds for programs, projects, and items not budgeted for the library by the City of Irondale.
  • Volunteer ideas and time for library programs
    • The Friends donate for Library requests such as the purchase of book bags, special books, and prizes and events with Summer Reading Program.
    • Friends give their time and attend events to support Library Staff with welcoming patrons or assisting with hands-on needs like handing out snacks or during craft activities.
  • Represent the library as part of community outreach
    • The Friends of the Irondale Public Library host tables/booths at community festivals such as I Love Irondale Day and the Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival, providing fun for the community and raising awareness of library resources.
    • The Friends partner with library staff in representing the library in the city’s Christmas parade.

Where and when do the Friends meet? 

The Friends strive to grow to 75 members and raise $75,000 by the library’s 75th birthday in 2026.
  • The Friends meet throughout the year at 6pm in the library meeting room. Please check the library calendar for specific dates.

Why join the Friends?

  • Meet other library and book lovers!
  • Be a part of enhancing the library to serve our community!
  • Have fun, feel rewarded, and make a difference!
  • If you enjoy the services of the library, consider joining the friends as a way to give back and participate!
  • All donations made to the Friends of the Irondale Public Library are non-profit and tax deductible.

How to join the Friends

    1. Fill out and return your membership form
    2. Pay for your chosen membership level of support
      • Cash and checks (made payable to Friends of Irondale Public Library) may be mailed or handed in at the Irondale Public Library. Or,
      • Pay your membership online by donating PayPal (below). Or,
      • Catch the Friends when they are at a community event and join in person.


Award-winning author Gin Phillips delighted the audience at the Friends’ 2024 annual author event.

The Friends of IPL volunteer their time to help make the library’s summer reading program a success.

The Friends officers lead and support the group all year long.

The Friends hosted bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry for the 2023 annual author event.