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.
Did you know that each e-Book copy costs the Library, just like the print version, an average of $25 per copy? Most publishers now allow public libraries to make these purchases, but some still pose restrictions (such as: the library may only “lend” a copy out “x” number of times).
So, how does the Deschutes Public Library pay for the e-copies that are in demand? By asking The FRIENDS! All five Friends groups in the District give money annually, so that these e-books can get into your e-reader at no cost to you(!) Look on the Deschutes Public Librariy website for e-books and you will see “Thanks to the Friends” at the bottom of the page.