Friends of the Library

Who We Are

We are an independent, volunteer, not-for-profit organization that was re-founded in 1986 as part of the library’s 25th anniversary celebration. Our purpose is to support the many services and programs offered by the library and to promote the library’s presence in the community. We do this through communication, as well as fundraising activities that include, but are not limited to, quarterly book sales and an annual charity golf tournament. The Friends of the Gates Public Library is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization.

What We Do

By becoming and remaining a member of the Friends of the Gates Public Library, you will be helping us:

  • Raise funds for the library programs, events, and resources.
  • Sponsor the Junior Friends.
  • Advocate for the library at local, state, and national levels.
  • Be a part of library planning.
  • Support programs for children, teens, and adults including:
    • Summer reading programs
    • Story times
    • Travelogues
  • And more!

As a member, you’ll also be able to

  • Receive our quarterly newsletter, event notices, and email blasts.
  • Attend members-only book sale events on special dates.
  • Participate in volunteer opportunities.
  • Know you’re supporting an important part of the community, the library!
  • Receive a tax deduction on all donations you make.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Gates Public Library or you’d like to renew your membership, please fill out the form below or complete our Membership Form and return it to the Gates Public Library, attn: Friends of the Gates Public Library, Membership. You may find Membership Forms at the circulation desk at the Gates Public Library and near our bookstore.

Book Store

We invite you to visit our Sam & Doris Palma Memorial Book Store located in the atrium of the Gates Public Library. Our selection includes gently used books, DVDs, and more! All proceeds benefit the Gates Public Library.

Book Sales

Our quarterly book sales are held in the Gates Public Library atrium on the 2nd weekend of March, June, September, and December. All proceeds benefit the Gates Public Library.

Stock up on books to get you through the year! New books being put out regularly.

The lower priced item will be free for our BOGO sale. Adult and Children books, DVD’s, and coffee table books.

Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. Shop whenever the library is open. 


Due to limited storage space and staff/volunteer time, the library is only able to accept new or gently used materials. The library accepts no more than 2 small bags of donations from any donor. We prefer books published in the last 10 years, in nearly new condition, but will take older books in nearly new condition.

The Library accepts:

  • Hardcover and paperback books
  • DVDs in their cases
  • Audiobooks on CD in their cases or packaging
  • Music CDs in their cases
  • LP Records
  • Games and puzzles

Friends volunteers are available by request to come to your Gates home to pick up your already packed books. Please send requests to

Tax receipts are available upon request.

The Library CANNOT accept:

  • Any materials that are musty-smelling, dusty, dirty, water-damaged, highlighted, stained, or in poor condition
  • Magazines
  • Encyclopedias
  • Textbooks
  • VHS tapes, cassettes
  • Computers, printers, or software
  • Discarded materials from other libraries

The Monroe County Ecopark offers a recycling program for Soft & Hardcover books. Softcover books ARE accepted for recycling curbside and at the ecopark. Hardcover books are NOT recyclable curbside but ARE accepted at the ecopark during regular collections. To recycle hardcover books curbside, cut pages out of the binding.

Without your quality donations, we could not stock the bookstore or book sales with salable items. Sometimes your donations will be added to our library’s shelves if the librarians can use your books to augment the library’s collections. So thank you for thinking about the Friends of Gates Public Library when you wish to downsize your print or non-print materials!

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