Join Us!

You too can become a Friend of the Ilsley Library.

The Friends of the Ilsley Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit; your membership contributions and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by Federal Law.

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 91 are members of The Friends of 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.

As a member you can choose to limit your participation to your annual donation, or, in addition, you can take an active role in an organization that supports, with member efforts, member dollars, and funds raised from the monthly book sale, many different programs and projects.

2016 Memorial Day parade

During 2021, we were only able to hold 6 book sales (due to the pandemic).  These sales were only possible through the hundreds of volunteer hours.  In 2022, we are hoping to have 11 sales, which will require many more volunteer hours.

Ways members can help if they wish:

  • Sort donated books, set up, staff and/or take down the monthly book sale
  • Assist with the organization of our annual library volunteers’ luncheon
  • Contribute photographs of events we support for use on our website
  • Advise on new approaches to fundraising
  • Contribute ideas to the library for consideration
  • Write reviews of books, new and old, for posting on our website or simply let us know what you are reading so we can share titles
  • Raise our visibility by joining the library staff in the Memorial Day parade
  • In ways of which we have not yet thought – be creative!

Membership levels

Reader: $5.00 – $49.00

Supporter: $50.00 – $99.00

Sponsor: $100.00 – $249.00

Advocate: $250.00 and up

You may join electronically through Paypal by clicking the “Donate” button below.

Donate Button with Credit Cards


Download and complete the membership form found in the ‘Renew’ link in the sidebar.   Then mail it, with your check  (tax deductible) payable to “Friends of the Ilsley Library”, or turn in the form with your check at the library’s circulation desk to join or to renew your membership.

By mail:
Friends of the Ilsley Library
75 Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753