"She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live"



On some days it seems as though everyone in Key West is at the library, looking for a good book to read, using the free internet access, sifting through DVDs, bringing their children to story hour, researching the history of Florida or asking for recommendations and research assistance from the library's knowledgable staff.

Active since 1972, the Friends have helped support, improve, and promote all of the Key West Library's services through fundraising, volunteering, raising public interest and advocating for the library.

We envision an outstanding Key West Library with strong community support. By contributing money to help our library buy materials and equipment; by volunteering in the library and at our book sales; and by working to engage the members of our community through our popular seasonal lecture series offered free of charge, together we keep this precious resource humming.

In recent years, the Friends have made it possible for the Key West Branch to purchase fiction and nonfiction books, encyclopedias, DVDs and a new microfilm reader for the Florida History Room. We've also helped our children's department provide special programming for our youngest readers, toddlers and their caregivers.

As local, county and state governments are forced to cut budgets to the bone, the Friends of the Key West Library are determined to ensure that the library continues to serve our diverse community. We hope you'll join us by becoming a Friend now—there is no substitute for a great library, and we need your help more than ever!

Read our most recent newsletter for the latest updates on all Friends news and events, or peruse past newsletters.