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The Friends of Dorset libraries

Friends Groups offer you the chance to actively support your local library.

In a world of decreasing resources and increasing needs, the library service needs its friends. Over half the population use public libraries to borrow books and other materials, find information, assist them in educational courses, use the internet or browse and sit and read.

Friends groups may offer practical help to the library in a variety of ways but it is equally important that we can talk to you about our plans for the future.  


  • admission to Friends events

  • the chance to meet Dorset library staff and discuss the service

  • to contribute your opinion to service development and change


  • to form a committee to meet regularly and plan a programme of events

  • to help publicise and promote the library service

  • to hold reading related events with guest speakers

  • to raise money for special projects at their library

  • to provide voluntary support when needed for Friends' activities, customer surveys and other library events

  • to offer a community response to service development and changes

Why not join your local Friends group?

For a small fee per year you can become a Friend of your library. A joint membership is also available for two persons living at the same address.

There are currently Friends Groups at:

  • Christchurch and Highcliffe

  • Corfe Mullen

  • Crossways

  • Lytchett Matravers

  • Swanage

  • Upton

  • Weymouth

  • Wimborne

Please contact your local library if you would like to join one of the friends groups. 

Community Managed Library supporters groups

For information about joining and fees contact the library direct.


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