About Us

About Us
The Friends of the Martin County Library System is made up of library supporters representing every branch of the Martin County System. Originally incorporated as the Martin County Library Association in 1955, this group has provided grass roots support that has fostered the growth of Martin County's Libraries into a system. Six friends groups were formed that found local funding and support for each of the libraries in our communities.  In 2012 the six groups combined into what we are now.

Friends funding supports the majority of free adult, teen and children's programs offered at our libraries. This is made possible by the support of our membership, donations and book sales at each of the library branches and the Book Depot, the largest used bookstore on the treasure coast.

Martin County's libraries rank among the top libraries in the state for medium-sized communities. This is no accident!  It is the reflection of a caring, giving community that values libraries.

The Friends function is to serve as advocates for the library in the community, as volunteers, and fundraisers to support programming and the unmet needs of our system.

As advocates, we are visible at County Commission meetings dressed in our signature color – turquoise – informing, educating and thanking our commissioners for all that they do for us. You will also see us out and about in the community educating people about the offerings at the county's six public libraries

As volunteers, we work in the libraries shelving books, serving refreshments at programs, selling books at author events, and helping the staff.

As fundraisers, we support used book sales at each library branch, including Bonnie's Books at the Blake Library, and The Book Depot at the B&A Flea Market.

If you think you love libraries as much as we do, we invite you to join us. See the membership page.

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