Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Coos Bay Public Library is a very active organization that was formed in 1976.  The Friends’ Statement of Purpose is:

To create an awareness of the library and its functions, promote knowledge of its needs, develop public support for increased library service and foster a public relations program.

The Friends group sponsors all of the library’s youth programs throughout the year, they support most library programs for adults, supplements the library budget with purchase of books and equipment, and provides broad support to the library and its activities. The Friends group holds nine used book sales during the year as their major fundraising effort for  the library. To join the Friends, pick up a membership form at the library or print the here, fill it in and drop off at the library.

The Friends of the Coos Bay Public Library hosts book sales the first weekend of the month. Members only opening at 9:00 a.m. Saturday.

Regular sale hours:
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday Noon-4:00 p.m.


Mar. 7th & 8th
*Apr. 25th & 26th
Jun. 6th & 7th
Aug. 1st & 2nd
Oct. 3rd & 4th

Nov. 7th & 8th
Dec. 5th & 6th

—9-10 a.m. Early opening on Saturday for members of the Friends of the Library only. Keep your membership up to date!


Arts & Crafts Materials Sale   
Friday, Jan. 16th    4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 17th    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plant Sale
Saturday, May 16th     9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Music Sale
Saturday, July 18th   10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Click here for Spring 2015 Newsletter

Click here for New & Forthcoming Books

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Besides the monthly used book sales the Friends now have their own bookstore staffed by Friends’ volunteers! So if you can’t wait for the next monthly book sale or you missed it, come to their bookstore to stock up!

The Friends of the Library Book Store hours are:

Wednesday-Saturdays, noon-5:30 p.m.

Culture Has Many Rewards…Claim Yours

Did you know that as you donate to the Coos Bay Public Library Foundation, or Friends of the Coos Bay Library, you are not only helping support important local services, but can receive a financial reward for yourself as well? By making a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust, you reduce your Oregon taxes owed, getting the benefit of a tax credit as well as tax deductions.

The Oregon Cultural Trust gives grants directly to arts, cultural, and heritage organizations around the state, including to libraries. Funds also come from the Trust to Coos County in the form of local grants to worthwhile organizations, administered by a volunteer board through the Trust’s local counterpart, the Coos County Cultural Coalition (CCCC). In this economic downturn, Oregon Cultural Trust funds have been reduced by the Oregon State Legislature. You can help. For more information, see the CCCC web site, call 756-5401, or go to the state site.