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The Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library is a volunteer organization dedicated to the support of our library. As a member of Friends, you will be making a contribution to the future of our Library and our community. Friends are people who:

  • Care about our community
  • Support and cooperate with the Library in developing, maintaining, and enhancing facilities, resources, and services for the public
    Understand and support the Vision and Mission of the Library
  • Wish to stimulate the use of the Library’s facilities, resources, and services
    Assist with fundraising efforts, and encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests for the benefit of the Library
  • Wish to focus public attention on the Library
  • Will support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights

The Friends raise funds to be used by the Library for activities not ordinarily covered under the library's operating budget. The Friends contribute to the summer reading program for children, young adults and adult programs.

Materials Donation Policy

The Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library gratefully accept your gently used, resellable items to sell in our bookstore or at our special book sales. Our funds support library literacy programs. We work hard to offer good quality items at great prices for this cause.

Before donating, please see these guidelines or ask for a copy of our donation policy at the main desk.

We accept gently-used books and magazines that are in good condition and that others would want to purchase. We cannot accept more than two boxes at a time.

Please recycle or discard the following at home:

  • Books that are chewed, soiled, musty, moldy, tattered
  • Books missing pages or that have excessive writing in the text
  • Books that smell of smoke or have water damage or mildew
  • Books with broken binding


  • Hardcover and paperback fiction books for children, teens, and adults published in the last 5 years
  • Rare, signed, or 1st Edition books
  • Popular nonfiction books such as cookbooks, biographies, history, or memoirs
  • Self-help, computer, medical, and financial guidebooks published in the last 2 years
  • Magazines published in the last three months
  • Classics in good condition


  • Any materials in poor condition
  • Books or music on audio cassettes or CD
  • VHS tapes, DVDs and Blu-Rays
  • Record albums
  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Readers Digest Condensed books
  • Outdated books about computers, self-help, medical, and financial information
  • Catalogs
  • Professional journals
  • Odds and ends such as
    • maps, calendars, journals, computer software, puzzles, and toys


The Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library meet at the library on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Please email Alicia Mangin, Staff Liaison, for specific dates. All Friends members and interested individuals are encouraged to attend. New voices and ideas are welcome.


Attend library events, summer programs and fundraising efforts.


Volunteers are needed to help with special projects such as:

  • Staff appreciation luncheons
  • Programming and refreshments
  • Visiting speakers
  • Book sales


Donations made to our Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library help provide funding to our programs for all ages, keeping them free to the public. Please click the button below if you would like to donate.

Our Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program is among these programs funded through our Friends. If you wish for your donation to go specifically to this program providing monthly free books to children ages 0-5, click the following button.

As always, we greatly appreciate our community's generosity.

Thank you.

Join the Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library

Print our application or email the group at to learn more.