Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries

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Who We Are
The Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries (FODL) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of our libraries by funding a wide range of cultural, educational, social and well-being programs for Dartmouth residents of all ages. The Friends' mission is to "focus attention on Library resources, services, facilities and needs to provide community support of the Library." Major fundraising activities are the annual membership drive, the semi-annual book sales, and the ongoing book sale in the Southworth Library.

Recently, the Friends supplemented their regular financial support with a gift of $25,000 in support of the new North Branch of the Dartmouth Public Library.  The Children’s Room of the new branch will be named for the Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries.

What We Do
The Friends provide funding for popular programs for Dartmouth residents such as:

  • The annual Molly Little Winter Art Film Series
  • Educational and cultural programs for adults
  • Reading, craft, and entertainment programs for children and young adults throughout the year
  • The annual museum day trip for Friends members
  • Summer reading and movie programs
  • The “Patrons Select” book collection which provides extra copies of popular books for patrons
  • Free and reduced-price admission to over 17 area museums, parks and zoos (a complete list of passes is available on the Library website)
  • Library “Hospitality Funds” and  the annual Library staff appreciation luncheon

The Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries Board is made up of members of the community, the Director of the Dartmouth Libraries, and a representative of the Library Board of Trustees.  Meetings are typically held on the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the Southworth Library Meeting Room. 

How You Can Help
Become a Member.  Make a Donation.

Members receive early notice of all scheduled programs and events sponsored by the Friends and enjoy Members Only Night at the book sales.  Memberships run from January 1-December 31.  To become a member, to renew your membership, or to donate to the Friends, download an application form or pick one up at the Library.

  • Individual Membership – $15.00/year
  • Family Membership – $25.00/year
  • Special Friend – $50
  • Lifetime Membership - $125 (one person; one-time payment)

Book Sales
Support the book sales by donating books, helping with the sale set-up, working at the sale, and, of course, shopping at the sales!

Ongoing Book Sale at Southworth:  Located alongside the stair railing on the main floor; book prices from $.50 to $2 are posted.  Please leave your payment in the cash box.  We accept exact change and checks made payable to Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries.

Annual Book Sales at Southworth:  Major book sale events are held twice a year offering a wide collection of adult and children’s books, fiction and non-fiction, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and other special collector items.

Spring 2020 Book Sale
Wednesday, April 22-Saturday, April 25

Fall 2020 Book Sale
Wednesday, October 21-Saturday, October 24

Opportunities include Board membership, help with book sale preparation and support, and assistance with events and special projects. For more information, email the Friends at: or click here (Contact the Friends).

Support one of Dartmouth’s most valuable resources.
Join the Friends and get involved!