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The Friends' Book Store is closed until further notice, due to COVID-19.


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The Friends of the Rochester Public Library raise funds to expand the library’s collections and programs, support special projects, and promote awareness through community involvement.

Funds come mainly from membership contributions, special events, and the sale of donated books at the Friends' Book Store, the sale of books online, sales of "special and unusual" books and through four large auditorium book sales held throughout the year.

We help keep the library strong by being an active part of the community!

Supporting the Library

man and baby reading a book$4,000 Matching Grant

The Friends of the Rochester Public Library started the Read With Me program over 25 years ago. Through this program, the mother of each baby born at Methodist and Olmsted Hospitals receives a bag with a Baby Reader, an Imagination Library application, lists of popular baby and toddler books and an introduction to the Rochester Public Library. The bags are assembled and delivered by the Day Makers Kiwanis Club. Last year, over 3,900 babies were gifted this Read With Me bag.

While the Read With Me program is very important to the Friends of the Rochester Public Library and to the Rochester community, the Covid 19 pandemic has limited our fundraising.

An anonymous donor has stepped forward with a promise to match dollar for dollar to support this program up to $4,000. Please consider making a donation to this worthy cause and have your donation doubled!

Please make your check out to the Friends of the Rochester Public Library, RWM (Read With Me) and mail it to Friends of the Rochester Public Library, 101 Second Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904. Or please send your donation to our PayPal account,

Thank you very much for your kind consideration of our request.

AmazonSmileFriendsUsing Amazon Smile

If you are shopping at, a percentage of your purchase may be directed to the Friends of the Rochester Public Library.  You simply need to visit Amazon using the link below, set up a Smile account, and use that account each time you make a purchase.


Submitting an IBM Matching Grant

The process for submitting an IBM Matching Grant is changing. We will have updated forms for this process once they are finalized. Help the library by submitting an IBM Matching Grant application online.  Instructions for how to do it can be found here: Guide to Submitting an IBM Matching Grant form (PDF).  When you are ready to fill out the form head over to the IBM Matching Grants website to apply.


Friends' Board Officers 20192019_Friends_Board

Back row: John Hunziker, Phillip Nordquist
Front row: Bessie Copple, Ann Jones, Joyce Wenz, Phyllis Berman, Kay Aune, Elizabeth Ritman, Ann Griese