Friends of the Ilsley Library is a non-profit organization working to extend the Library’s services and facilities. Organized in 1967, Friends’ members now number close to one hundred families and individuals. Funds raised by membership contributions and book sales have provided nearly $20,000 in support in the past year and a half. The invaluable assistance of the Friends has allowed the library to host innovative programming, purchase and implement new technology, develop staff competencies, assist low income non-residents obtain borrowing privileges, initiate building improvements, and countless other wonderful things.
Ilsley Public Library has about 2400 Middlebury addresses where at least one person holds a library card, and 900 addresses outside Middlebury where people pay a fee for borrowing privileges. Of these households, a mere 72 are members of Friends of the Ilsley Library. Yet it is through membership dollars that we are able to support many of the library’s programs.
Our annual budget is close to $20,000, but the book sales raise only one quarter of that amount. We welcome your support, either through membership, a donation and/or as a volunteer.