Who We Are

The Friends of the Library are volunteers who believe excellent public libraries are a needed resource for our community. Volunteers demonstrate this by

  • Becoming members of the Friends of the Macon-Bibb County Library
  • Donating their old books, money, and time for the benefit of the Macon-Bibb County public libraries
  • Sorting, boxing, and pricing books donated for the Old Book Sale
  • Organizing, staffing, and conducting the annual Old Book Sale
  • Administering the Memorial Book and Memorial Trust Programs
  • Working on developing programs to promote reading

Since 1966, when the Friends of the Library began in Macon with twelve members, our organization has donated well over a million dollars to the Macon-Bibb County Libraries. The Friends have provided many of the books, services, and numerous pieces of equipment our community now enjoys.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of the Library is to support the Macon-Bibb County Libraries and the literacy effort in our community.

The Friend’s Accomplishments

In the last five years the proceeds from the Old Book Sale, membership dues, and contributions have purchased

  • Over 3,000 new adult titles, and references sets
  • Puppet theaters, puppets, films, audiovisual equipment, and books by the hundreds for our children’s departments
  • Funding and prizes for the Summer Reading Clubs
  • Furniture and equipment in the library for special needs patrons
  • Large print books
  • Books on tape
  • The Georgia Author Collection, indexes, microfilm equipment, and the preservation of rare local documents for our Genealogical and Historical Room
  • Microfilm and microfiche reader/printers and computers for reference and cataloging
  • New Reader books at Washington Memorial Library to facilitate the Project Read Program
  • Contributed $45,000 to the West Bibb Branch Library when it opened
  • Contributed $50,000 to the Lanford Branch when it opened in 2008