Welcome to Friends of the Bend Libraries!
We incorporated as a non-profit in 1980, believing then, as we do now, that a strong library is a cultural and economic asset to the entire Bend community. The FOBL is an all-volunteer organization, with 100% of our project funding used to improve the literacy and library services offered to the people of Bend.
We contributed to the construction of the Downtown Bend branch (built in 1998) and provided funding for the East Bend branch (opened in 2011), along with assisting in the passage of the bond measure which created the Deschutes Public Library District. To raise these donations, our volunteers hold quarterly book sales, operate a small gift/used bookstore (called The Friendshop) at the Downtown Bend branch, and encourage support through yearly memberships.
The Friends of the Bend Libraries is proud to kick start the Deschutes Public Library’s capital campaign for a new flagship library. At the Novel Idea book unveiling ceremony, Friends presented the Library with a check for $100,000. This contribution is the result of years of working and saving for a big event and the Deschutes Library’s plan to build our new central library is our latest big event.
FOBL board members with our latest contribution
Click here to read the Deschutes Public Library’s Capital Plan.