What We do

The Friends of the University Park Public Library support both the Library and our community in myriad ways.

  • Programming- We provide live and virtual programming to our community. The Friends host in-person lectures by local luminaries and virtual programming showcasing the best our community has to offer.
  • Used book collection and sales- We collect and resell used books donated by members of our community, and throughout the year we open a volunteer-run pop-up used bookstore, Second Chapter Bookstore.  Please check the bookstore page to get status and location of our Second Chapter Bookstore.
  • Supporting local artists- We highlight and showcase the work of local artists, authors and civic groups to the community.
  • Celebrating and recording local history- We ensure the maintenance and access to valuable and historical community records. Do you want to find out what your house looked like in 1929 and how much it sold for? The Friends and Library, in affiliation with the Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society, provide free access at the Library to these and many other important records about University Park.
  • Keeping the Library vibrant - Most importantly, we support the Library -- 80% of most contributions to the Friends, including membership dues, go directly to the Library. That means your contribution, no matter how large or small, has an outsized impact on maintaining the Library’s presence as the seminal (free!) gathering spot for ideas, culture and residents in our community.

Here are a few ways that donations have been used in the past:

  • Purchase new books and replace copies of much loved books
  • Cover the cost of subscriptions
  • Purchase craft materials to help make stories come to life
  • Purchase and upgrade software programs
  • Help upgrade technology

Would you like to Help?

Consider today how you can help us to continue the Friends’ pivotal support of the Library and our community.  Click HERE to learn how to help.


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