Friends of the Chesapeake Public Library

Be a Friend!

The Friends of Chesapeake Public Library make a difference in our community!

The Friends are a group of library advocates dedicated to enhancing the Chesapeake Public Library System by providing services and programs that enrich the lives of area residents of all ages. They raise funds to purchase equipment and materials that are not funded through the regular library budget. In addition, they sponsor special classes and events and advocate for strong library support.

Our Friends know the value of the Chesapeake Public Library System and they have made it their mission to ensure that our libraries will be able to provide the truly "special" programs to our residents. The Friends give an amazing $30,000-plus each year in support of special programs at Chesapeake Public Library. Their financial backing has helped us expand and enhance the Summer Reading Program, now serving more than 10,000 children, teens, and adults.

Join Us & Make a Difference

Advocate for & Support the Library, Fund Library Programs & Services Sponsor Library Events

Annual Memberships

Individual: $10 | Family: $15

Role of the Group

The role of auxiliary library groups like the Friends has become more critical in view of our severe budgetary constraints and the needs of our growing community. The Friends of the Library value, support, and champion the public library. They work diligently to assure adequate public funding of the Library. Private support is increasingly important in improving the services and resources of the Chesapeake Public Library. The Friends offer a variety of opportunities for everyone to support the Library, ranging from membership and individual contributions to monthly book sales and special events.


Membership in the Friends comes with a valuable perk-early access to the monthly book sales held at the Central Library. Members have one hour to browse and purchase books prior to the sale being open to the general public.


Join the Friends today and help your library change lives!

Apply Now (PDF)!