The Friends of the Youngstown Free Library is a group
of dedicated individuals who value their public library as a
vital community resource. We are book lovers, information
seekers, readers, techies, music, and movie buffs. We are
young and old, with varying interests and backgrounds.
We all are committed to supporting and enhancing our Library, its programs, resources, events, and services. We recognize that funding for libraries is steadily decreasing, and we are here to fill the gap in order to offer the best possible service to our residents.
Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Library.
All proceeds to the Friends directly benefit Library services, materials and resources. Our work is vital to the Library's success.
The Friends of the Youngstown Free
Library is an incorporated separate 501(c)(3) that works
diligently to fill the funding gap between what the Library
needs to operate effectively and what is received from local
and county governments.
Each fall, the Friends coordinate the Library's Annual Fund Drive, which successfully raises over 15% of the Library's operating budget.
The Friends also conduct the Friends' Membership Campaign at the beginning of each year. The campaign's proceeds are used to supplement many extras not possible through the Library budget. For example, magazine subscriptions and audiobook collections have been expanded. The Library's annual summer reading programs and reading challenges for children and families are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The mission of the Youngstown Free Library is to be a community center which inspires learning and provides access to a vast range of information and resources for patrons of all ages.
The Youngstown Free Library Board of Trustees meetings are held on the last Monday of the month, with the following exceptions. In May, the Board meets on the 3rd Monday of the month, and the Board has no meeting in December. Meetings take place at 7 pm in the Library Meeting Room on the second floor of the Red Brick Building. The public is always welcome to attend.