Join the Friends

Show your pride in the library and support the ongoing innovative services it provides. Join the Friends of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.41.34 PMThe Friends continuously raise funds through book sales, the Chandler Booktique and our Amazon store online. The Annual Book Sale at the Kansas Expocentre draws thousands from the community. Friends members get special early bird access to the sale and discounts. Enjoy benefits at the popular Chandler Booktique. Get invited to events that book-lovers will adore. And get an insider’s look into the library and exciting new services and technologies yet to be unveiled to the public.

The funds we raise go toward innovations like Neighborhoods, the Make-It Lab and groundbreaking fine art exhibitions. Our innovations garner national attention and help us to maintain our stellar reputation as a trendsetting library.

Library enthusiasts established the Friends 40 years ago with the mission of getting a funding measure for a library expansion passed. They knocked on doors, talked at civic organizations and made phone calls to encourage a favorable vote. It passed and the building expansion was underway.

Friends member receives award

Make your impact on the community. Join the Friends today by filling out the application below or stop into the Chandler Booktique to sign up in person. Then get ready to brag about your participation in this beloved community institution. Share what a wonderful library we have with those around you. Our library makes it so easy.

Benefits of Membership


  • Free admission to the Friends Night of the Annual Book Sale
  • 10% discount at the Chandler Booktique
  • Invitation to swap books with other Friends members in the spring
  • Invitation to the annual meeting to get insider’s access to library plans and innovations

How to join!

  • Purchase a membership in the Chandler Booktique.
  • Membership applications are available at the circulation desk, information desk, online, or upstairs from the Friends office
  • Call the Friends office at 580-4445 to have an application mailed to your home.

Your membership card will be mailed to your home unless you purchase it at the Booktique.  We accept cash, check, Mastercard or Visa.

Join the Friends