Friends

Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library
The Friends are members of a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Bettendorf Public Library. The Friends contribute to the purchase of books and materials, to Library programs for adults and children, and to other expenditures beyond the Library's budget.

Funds are raised through an annual membership drive, two Book Fairs each year, collection of used books and magazines for re-sale, owning 
and operating a copier for Library patrons, and an annual Holiday Bazaar.

Meetings are held monthly at the Library, September through June, on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:15 p.m.

For more information about volunteering with the Friends, contact the Bettendorf Public Library Volunteer Coordinator. For questions about the book fairs or bazaar, contact the Administrative Assistant at 563-344-4177.

Friends memberships can be purchased at the Book Fairs, or at the Service Desk at the Library.  The application can be also downloaded for printing here and mailed to the Library at 2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, IA  52722.  Individual memberships are $5 and a family membership is $10.

Current Friends News

Calling all magazine subscribers! The Friends are looking for gently used magazines you no longer wish to keep, but don’t want to throw away. The Friends ongoing magazine sale is a great recycling program providing an outlet to people who have magazines to recycle, and a chance to purchase them for those who would like to give those magazines a new home.


Donations of both magazines and books may be placed in the bins in the alcove near the entrance to Dewey’s Café during regular Library hours. In October, the Friends held a very successful Fall Book Fair, and the annual Holiday Bazaar was in November. The Friends are most appreciative to the Friends volunteers who help with Book Fair, those who purchase tables at the Bazaar and, of course, to all who shop at both events! All of these components are necessary to make these events a success.


The Friends are proud to play a role in providing funding for the Library, always striving to increase their fundraising dollars in order to afford even more contributions to the Library. The Friends rely on the generosity of Library patrons and local community members to support their many efforts. If you are a current member or have been in the past, you will receive a letter in February for the membership drive. Hopefully, you will consider joining the Friends for the 2019 year. If you are not a member and would like to support the Friends, information on joining is always available at the Library.


The Friends meet the first Tuesday of each month from September through June, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library. Whether you are a member or not, please consider attending a meeting to see how this small working group of people manages to provide big dollars for the Library.