Subject: Friends of the Library Groups Last Updated: 04/12/05
Category: Friends Policies Supercedes: 6-1

I. POLICY

The Bedford Public Library System (BPLS) views the Friends of the Library organizations as an important community resource for the public libraries in increasing understanding of, and support for, the library within that community.  As a volunteer organization, members are provided with an opportunity to use their time, skills, resources and contacts in a worthwhile community endeavor, while receiving recognition for their efforts, making library strengths and needs known to the public and funding authorities. 

The role of the Friends is a support group, rather than a policy-making body.  Friends may raise money through book sales, sponsorship of special events or other means endorsed by the library board and Library Director.

II. APPLICABILITY

Each library location may be associated with a Friends of the Library group.

III. OBJECTIVE
IV. PROCEDURES