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Richland Public Library
955 Northgate Dr.
Richland, WA 99352
Ph: (509) 942-7454
Supporting the Richland Public Library since 1962
About Us
The Friends of the Richland Library (FORL) is a registered non-profit business in the State of Washington. The organization has been classified by the IRS as a 501(c)3 public charity since the mid-1970s. The organization is 100% staffed by volunteers from the City of Richland and the surrounding communities.

Our History
Friends of the Richland Library began at an organizational meeting held on October 3, 1962, in a private home. The impetus for such action was “the financial squeeze that is common to many libraries these days…” Officers were elected and a membership drive was commenced. By December there were 60 members.

Over the many years the Friends, through funds from book sales and memberships, have supplied many needs of the library from A (art work) to Z (zoo animal chairs for children). Many letters in between included funds for the following:

  • B for binding magazines
  • C for Children’s Summer Reading and for computers
  • E for encyclopedias
  • G for globes
  • L for Leonardo DaVinci display and a lap top computer
  • M for microfiche reader and at a later time, Microsoft Publisher
  • P for presentations by local authors and other speakers
  • R for reference books and recordings from LPs to CDs
  • S for scholarships and Santa pictures
  • T for a typewriter for public use and a “Titanic party”
  • Y for young adult programming

Selling used books in the Book Room began in December of 1990. A storage room was cleared out and the store was opened for business on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Currently, our Book Room is open every day that the library is open, thanks to a wonderful crew of volunteers. Our membership at present is 99 individuals or families. We appreciate our new location on the first floor of the remodeled library. We expect lots of business and hope to extend our hours. There are many avenues for service for volunteers who love books and enjoy getting them into the hands of readers.

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