Friends of the Library

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Logo UAPL FriendsThere are many ways to support your library. The Friends of the UAPL offer opportunities for volunteering, donations of items for book sales, and membership donations.

Through their funding, the Friends provide adult and children’s programs as well as much-needed library equipment. Call (614) 486-9621 to find out how you can get involved!

About the Friends Of The Upper Arlington Public Library

The Friends of the Upper Arlington Public Library was formed in 1977 as a nonprofit organization with membership open to anyone wishing to support the library. Today the organization has become integral to the success and growth of the UAPL by promoting the library system in the community, funding adult and children’s programming, and providing the library with many thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment. Membership donations and funds raised from book sales have enabled the Friends to buy new shelving, furniture, book drops, computers and even vehicles.

Book Sales

The Friends’ book sales have become a tradition in Upper Arlington! The Friends recycle gently used books, magazines, and audiovisual materials, donated by individuals or discarded by the library, and resell them to the public. In addition, they maintain a bookstore in both the Main Library and Lane Road Branch locations.

All proceeds generated from the book sales and bookstores benefit the library in the form of needed equipment, services, and funding for programming.

Friends of the UAPL Booksale dates 2014
Place Date
Atrium of the Main Library February 16–March 2
Atrium of the Main Library May 18–June 1
Atrium of the Main Library August 17–September 1
Atrium of the Main Library November 16–30


Throughout the year, the UAPL offers a wide variety of programming designed to appeal to all ages and interests. It is through a generous programming budget provided by the Friends that the library continues to present quality programs such as:

  • The Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Series
  • Book Discussion Groups
  • The Summer Book Club
  • Holiday Happiness
  • The Adult Program Series
  • The “Crime Time” Program Series


Volunteerism is one of the Friends’ strongest areas. Staffing weekly book sales, assisting with library programs, and serving on the Board of Trustees, Friends volunteers play an important role in the success of the organization. The Friends constantly strive to increase their volunteer corps. To become a Friends member or volunteer, call (614) 486-9621.

Donate to the Friends of the Library

Through your support, the Friends provide adult and children's programs as well as small furniture and equipment needs. 

For questions about your donation to the UAPL Friends of the Library, contact Nancy Roth at (614) 486-0900 or