Friends of the Library  

The Friends of Buncombe County Libraries, Inc. assist the public libraries in making the community aware of its services and its needs. Furthermore, they supplement the majority of funding for adult’s and children’s programming. They also purchase furniture and equipment that is not available through county funds.

The Friends are a source of volunteers and are visible supporters of the library's mission.

The major Friends fundraisers are used book sales at every branch library. In addition, the Friends have a used book store called “Bookends” at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville. Bookends is open during library hours and has previously enjoyed books, movies and music for all ages.

To receive information about the dates and times of other book sales, please sign up for our free Library eNewsletter.


Friends’ membership dues are $15 for one year and can be purchased at any library. Membership dues go directly to the library where the donation is made, so your dollars will stay in your community. With your Friends membership you will get a subscription to the library newsletter and early admission to most library book sales. The Friends of Buncombe County Libraries, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

Download a copy of the Friends Membership Form.

Officers and Meetings

The Friends of Buncombe County Libraries, Inc. elect officers at their August meeting. Terms are for one year and the By-laws state no rules about term limits.

For additional contact information, call (828) 250-4722, Monday through Friday.


The Friends of the library happily accept donations of money, books or time.

Bookends Used Book Store is always looking for donations of gently used books, music and movies to be resold to benefit the library. Volunteers can pick up large donations. No encyclopedias or old magazines please.

For additional contact information, call (828) 250-4722 Monday through Friday.


Volunteers are typically recruited through Friends of the Library organizations. Volunteers offer valuable behind-the-scenes work on special projects, such as preparations for book sales, providing refreshments for author receptions, offering transportation for guest speakers, etc. Get involved with your local Friends group and volunteer!

For additional contact information, call (828) 250-4722 Monday through Friday or visit any Buncombe County Library.