Friends of the Library (FOL) is a national organization devoted to supporting local libraries. In Madison County we promote the interests of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) and its related libraries in community activities and in funding. FIND US ON FACEBOOK: Friends of the Library, Huntsville Main.



Enjoy these perks:

  • The company of books and book lovers
  • The library newsletter, Cover to Cover, containing library news and services
  • Two members-only 50 percent-off sales in June and October
  • Reminder e-mails before borrowed library materials are due
  • Membership dues fund programs and equipment at HMCPL libraries.


Friends of the Library bookstore entranceThe Bookstore is the Friends' primary source of funding. All revenue goes to the library. The Bookstore, located left of the entrance foyer at the Main Library, is operated entirely by volunteers.

IMAGINE clearing your home of the things that take up needed space. 

DONATE your gently used items and reclaim that space!

WE NEED BOOKS -- all kinds, including reference books and foreign language -- AUDIO-VISUALS -- movies (DVD and VHS), books-on-tape, music (CDs and vintage records), video games -- MAGAZINES and comics!


VOLUNTEERS roll up their sleeves!

Inquire at the Bookstore or establish your interest in volunteering by phoning the Bookstore (256-532-5986).  You must be a Friends member to work in the Bookstore.


The 2014, 25 CENT BOOK SALES are held in the Main Library auditorium and the public is invited.  Every book is sold for 25 cents

SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Special 50-percent off sales for Friends members are held in the spring and the fall.



The three Forums are held each year on the fourth Sunday of January, February and March at two o'clock in the Main Library auditorium.  They are free and the public is invited.

JANUARY 26 - The Huntsville Literary Association presents POETS' CHOICE READINGS.  This annual event features twenty accomplished poets of the HLA Poetry Workshop, reading their best poems of 2013.  Poetry lovers will want to hear the expressive, imaginative and original work of these skilled poets.

FEBRUARY 23 - Lowell Zoller will present RESTLESS ALABAMA, explaining the geological history and formation of what is now Alabama.  He will give special attention to the limestone understructure, earthquakes and sinkholes.  Mr. Zoller retired from Marshall Space Flight Center after 35 years.  At retirement he was Associate Director of Science and Engineering.

MARCH 23 - THE AMAZING HUBBLE TELESCOPE  will be presented by Max Rosenthal, one of the former managers of the Hubble Space Telescope.  He will share personal stories and highlight the Hubble development.  Orbiting the Earth for over two decades, Hubble has answered some of the most compelling astronomical questions of our time and ushered in a new chapter of man's exploration of the universe.  Mr. Rosenthal, a retired NASA project manager, has much to share.


Friends of the Library in the branches

Branch When?
Bailey Cove 2nd Monday
Gurley TBA
Hazel Green Call 256-828-9529 for meeting times.
Madison 2nd Tuesday
Monrovia 1st Monday
Murphy 3rd Tuesday
New Hope 3rd Monday

Call 256-859-9050 for meeting times.

Upcoming Friends Events

  • Friends of the Bailey Cove Library: Monday, October 13, 2014 - 6:30pm, Bailey Cove Branch Library

    Join us for the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Bailey Cove Library, be a part of positive growth in your community!
    We meet the 2nd Monday at 6:30pm of each month, except in November, which will be the 3rd Monday, due to Veteran's Day.