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Become a Friend of BPL!


The Friends mission is to raise public awareness in the community about the Library, to support the services and programs facilitated by the Library, and contribute to the overall strategic goals of the Library.

The Friends actively support the Bridgeport Public Library in its mission to meet the personal, educational, cultural, and professional information needs of the Library community.


The Friends are a group of library lovers dedicated to helping the Bridgeport Public Library achieve its goals. They volunteer their time, skills, and resources to help the Library during special programs and events. They publicly support and advocate for the Library's mission and goals. They wish to see the Library succeed and function as an active part of that success.

Being a Friend also comes with special perks, a sense of volunteerism, and knowing you have helped the Library achieve its goals.

The Friends of the Bridgeport Public Library meet in the Library Conference Room on the 1st Thursday of the month from 4:00-5:00 PM. 


There is no cost to become a Friend of BPL. All we require is that you are at least 18 years old and have an active library card in good standing. Paper applications are available at the library, or you may access our online application here.


  • Assisting in Library events like the annual Summer Reading Program
  • Creating a Friends of the Bridgeport Public Library Cookbook
  • Helping to maintain the future Library community garden
  • Preserving Library history
  • Spearheading special holiday projects
  • Art Exhibits
  • Murder Mystery Dinners
  • Book Festivals
  • Attending community outreach events on behalf of the Library
  • ...and other projects thought up by YOU!


  • Book Sale vouchers
  • Appreciation dinners and raffles
  • Community outreach programs
  • Meeting other volunteer-minded individuals
  • Helping build a more literate, informed, and connected community


If you have questions, would like more information, or if you are interested in becoming a Friend of BPL, contact our Adult Services Coordinator, Angela at 304-842-8248 or

View our Memoradum of Understanding.