The Friends of the University Park Public Library founded the library in 2000 and joined in partnership with the City of University Park in 2011, when the first permanent home of the library was built. The collaboration between the City and the Friends has been recognized with the 2013 Municipal Excellence Award in Management Innovations by the Texas Municipal League.
Friends board members and volunteers devote over 5,000 hours per year to serve as officers, directors, fundraisers, program and event planners, shelvers, shelf readers, and aides to library staff. As partners with the UP Public Library, we are committed to raising critical funds, providing trained volunteers, and offering a variety of educational and engaging programs for the community.
The Friends of the UPPL shares a unique responsibility with the City of UP in the financial support of the library. We are committed to ongoing fundraising to support a significant portion of the library’s annual operations. Through annual Friends memberships, fundraising events, grants, corporate and community partnerships, sponsorships, and leadership and foundation gifts, the Friends relies on our community to partner with us to meet this annual financial commitment.
January 2020 marked the 7th anniversary of the UPPL in its permanent home in The Plaza at Preston Center.