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Friends of the Library

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.

It's Fun To Be A Friend

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% off sales in June and October.
  • 3 weeks checkouts for books
  • 2 weeks checkouts for DVDs
  • Reminder e-mails before borrowed library materials are due.
  • Membership dues fund programs and equipment at HMCPL libraries.

The Friends Of The Library Bookstore

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

We need:

  • Books of all kinds, including reference and foreign language.
  • Audio visuals, including movies (DVD and VHS), books-on-tape, music (CDs and vintage records), video games.
  • Magazines and comics.

Imagine clearing your home of the things that take up needed space. Donate your gently used items and reclaim that space!

Volunteers Roll Up Their Sleeves

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

Bargain Days

Friends of the Library 25-Cent Book Sales occur twice a year in the Downtown Huntsville Library auditorium. Thousands of books of all kinds are sold at 25 cents each. The public is invited to the Friends' 25-Cent Book Sales.

Friends of the Library Members-Only Book Sales occur twice a year in the Friends of the Library Bookstore, just inside the entrance of the Downtown Huntsville Library. At these sales everything in the bookstore is sold at 50% off for Friends of the Library members only.

Here are dates for 2015 book sales:

  • March 7, Saturday, FOL 25-Cent Sale, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Downtown Huntsville Library auditorium
  • June 13, Saturday, Members-Only Blooming Book Sale, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Friends' Bookstore, Downtown Huntsville Library
  • August 8, Saturday, FOL 25-Cent Sale, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Downtown Huntsville Library auditorium
  • October 17, Saturday, Members-Only Falling Leaves Book Sale, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Friends' Bookstore, Downtown Huntsville Library.

Hertha Heller Forums

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

  • January 25 – The forums begin with the annual collaboration of the Friends of the Library and the Huntsville Literary Association, featuring Poets’ Choice Readings. Twenty poets of HLA’s Poetry Writing Workshop will each select one poem to be read from their 2014 creations. This is a great opportunity for local talent to be heard and appreciated.
  • February 22 – Bill Emerson will present “U.S. Army Units Composed Solely of Black Soldiers.” Mr. Emerson has been long engaged in researching such Army units formed in 1907 and 1909. After the Civil War, the regular Army had only two cavalry regiments and two infantry units of African-American troops. Early in the 20th century, the Army began forming additional regular Army units using black soldiers. These units are not well known by university history professors or Army historians, making Mr. Emerson’s research original work. He has also researched U.S. Army insignia and has had books published in 1983, 1996, 2003 and 2014.
  • March 22 – “School Spirits: Ghost Stories from Alabama’s Campuses” will be presented by Dr. Alan Brown. Dr. Brown earned his B.A. in English at Millikin University, his M.A. in American literature at Southern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. in rhetoric at Illinois State University.


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
Russell Call 256-859-9050 for meeting times.