Who is FFL:

Friends of the Free Library (FFL) are the volunteers who keep libraries open, vital, and relevant.

We are the Friends that help pay for books and programs, and make our neighborhood libraries welcome community centers for all.

We are the volunteers who assist Free Library staff connect to the communities they serve.

We are the citizens who know how significant libraries are to transforming lives for the better.

Ask around and you will learn that everyone has a library story!

Join us today.

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After 13 years of connecting Philadelphian’s to their libraries, and successful advocacy resulting in expanding library services for all, Director Amy Dougherty has moved on to other challenges.  We thank Amy for her vision in growing the Friends organization, and for her part in generating a public conversation about the importance of libraries in the 21st century. We wish her all the best.



Thanks for all that came out to our Holiday Party 2014! With great tunes, a delicious potluck spread, merriment and Friends, a good time was had by all! We hope your holidays have been swell, and a Happy New Year!





Use the Community Calendar to see upcoming community events. Friends, have your event listed on the community calendar, just email Allison Singer or call 215-567-4562.


The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future

Free Library of Philadelphia

Philadelphia: the State of the City 

City of Philadelphia 

Give to the Friends every time you shop. Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and select “Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia” as your charitable organization. From there on out, with every Amazon.com purchase you make, .5% of your purchase amount automatically goes to Friends of the Free Library.