Friends of the Rochester Public Library

The Friends of the Rochester Public Library raise funds to expand the library’s collections and programs, support special projects and promote awareness through community involvement. Funds come mainly from membership contributions, special events, and the sale of donated books at the Book Store, the sale of books online, and through four large auditorium Book Sales held throughout the year.

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Amazon Smile program - Support the Friends with your purchases

You can support the Friends of the Rochester Public Library through your purchases. Change your bookmark for to, sign in with your Amazon account name and password, then sign up to support the Friends of the Rochester Minnesota Public Library. (When you create an account, Amazon will ask you to identify the program you want to support.  Type in "Friends of the Rochester Public Library".) Then Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Friends of the Library. No extra charges for you, just extra money for the library! Learn more about

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Friends' Board Officers 2014

Back Row: Delip Cotter, Eugenia Dragomir, Cathy Amstrong, Pat Siljenberg, Bruce Witts, Dave Anderson, Iris Freid, Pat Mann, Phyllis Hambright, Lathika Nair, and Barbara Eakins.

Front Row:  Kay Eberman, Twila Winter, Harriet Hodgson, and Kay Aune.

Not pictured:  Shirley Edmonson, Elizabeth Ritman, and Mary Barrett.

Gift Certificates

The Friends' Bookstore sells gift certificates in amounts from $2.00 to $25.00.  The gift certificates make great gifts, something that may interest you during this holiday season.  In addition to books, the Bookstore carries tee-shirts, canvas bags, music CDs, and magazines.  The person redeeming doesn't have to spend the gift certificate all at once.  The store can keep a running total on the back of the gift certificate so that the recipient can use your gift multiple times.

Shown are the winter-themed gift certificates. The Bookstore has several styles available.Just ask in the store!

New T-Shirts at the Friends' Bookstore

Stop in today to see the Bookstore's new tees.  These 90% cotton/10% polyester tees are pre-shrunk and seem to last forever.  This is the fourth style of t-shirt that the Bookstore has designed and offered; customer rave about the quality.  This image at the left is the back of the tee; the front has the logo shown to the right.  All of the tees are gray; we ordered more of the larger sizes for those of you who requested those!  The short-sleeved tees are priced at $10.00. The long-sleeved tees are priced at$14.00.  This new style comes only in gray.

Front of T-shirt                   Back of t-Shirt


The Friends' Bookstore also has long-sleeved tees available in royal blue, cardinal red, and forest green.  On the front of the tees, you'll see the Friends of the Library; on the back you'll see the "Got Books" logo.  The long-sleeved tees are 100 %.  All of the tees were printed at Superior Screeners here in Rochester. The long-sleeved tees are priced at $14.00.





Stop in the Bookstore today and pick out the tee shirt that best fits your style!


Donate to the Friends


Friends' Newsletters


Winter 2015

winter 2015 newsletter


Fall 2014

2014 fall newsletter


Summer 2014



Newsletter Archive.

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Get Social with your Friends: Friends Facebook page Friends Blog


Paige Turner is dressed in a traditional Somali outfit.


The display next to the elevator currently contains banned books.  You can purchase them in the Friends' Bookstore.

Come into the Friends' Bookstore to see our Halloween book displa y.





The Friends' Bookstore has many gift-quality books.Here is a collection of cookbooks we recently displayed.