Friends of the Library

The Friends is a 501-C-3 non-profit corporation whose purpose is to maintain an association of persons interested in libraries; to focus public attention on library services, facilities and needs; to stimulate use of library resources and services; to receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library; to support and cooperate with the library through volunteer efforts in developing library services and facilities for the community; and to support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.

Board of Directors

  • Nelle Jurgeleit-Greene, co-chair
  • Heather Lende, co-chair
  • Wendell Harren, vice chair
  • Lori Carter, treasurer
  • Lexie DeWitt, secretary
  • Jon Graves, assistant sec’y/treas.
  • Renae Nemec, volunteer coordinator

Meeting information:

The Friends of the HBPL Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at the public library. The annual membership meeting of the Friends of the Library is held in April during National Library Week.

Membership Information

Membership is open to any individual, business or group interested in the objectives of the Friends. Membership privileges include a half price discount on used book sales, an invitation to the annual membership meeting, and the satisfaction of contributing to the ongoing success of our library.

The following classes of membership are available:

  • General – $20.00
  • Student/Senior – $10.00
  • Family – $40.00
  • Patron – $50.00
  • Business – $100.00
  • Sustaining – $250.00
  • Lifetime – $500.00

Memberships may be sent to: P.O. Box 1089, Haines, AK 99827 or dropped off at the library

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Annual Membership


General Donations


Library Legacy Fund and other Sustainable Funding Sources

In 2006 the FOL board established the Library Legacy Fund to help fund children’s services, collection development and techology support in perpetuity. This Endowment Fund complements the group’s other currently established revenue sources.

Donations are welcome. If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one, as part of your estate planning or just because you love the library, please call or inquire at the library.

Waldo Memorial Fund

Established in May 2000 when Bill and Carol Waldo donated a generous sum in memory of their children, Marjorie Delores Waldo and Daniel Alex Audette. Each year revenues from the “Waldo Memorial Fund” provide funding for special children’s programs and services.

Internet Fund

In February 2002 another generous donation from the non-profit Haines SEAKnet (Southeast Alaska Network) board was received. When their group disbanded, all their remaining funds were transferred to the Friends of the Haines Borough Public Library with the intent that the monies be used to support Internet access at the public library. Each year the FOL is able to give dollars from this Internet Fund to help defray the rising costs of bandwidth.

Lighting of the Library

An annual fundraising event, the “Lighting” continues to be a popular community gathering. Each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving the library opens for this special event that includes entertainment, food, an auction, and an dazzling display that transforms the library into a spectacle of light, decoration and beauty that reflects the diversity and community collaboration in Haines.


The “Adopt-A-Plot” program continues to offer those library supporters with a “green thumb” to maintain and make beautiful the out side of the library during the summer months. Last year over 15 groups and individuals adopted an area of the gardens to keep weeded and maintained. There are more sections available, so if you or your organization would like to become involved call 766-2545 for more information.


Members of the community sponsor magazine subscriptions. If you have been approached to pay for your sponsorship, please use the button below to make an online donation.