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The Friends of the York County Library is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) volunteer organization formed in 1975 to support the York County Library system through fund-raising and advocacy.



The purpose of Friends of the York County Library shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in libraries; to focus public attention on the York County Library; to stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services; to receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the York County Library; to support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community; to raise money for approved library projects; to lend legislative support where needed; and to support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.


Through membership dues, book sales, Amazon Smile, and special fundraising activities, the Friends of the Library provides funding for non-budgeted library projects, programs and other needs. In recent years, the Friends provided funding for:

  • Summer Reading Programs, to encourage and promote literacy for children, teens, and adults
  • Bucks for Books campaign, to add new books to library shelves
  • Library staff support and appreciation, through service awards, luncheons, and refreshments
  • Facility beautification
  • Financial and volunteer assistance for items and services not included in the library budget

Membership Benefits

  • Advance notice of book sales and special events
  • Special early admittance at book sales during “members-only” hours
  • Receive “Beamer Bucks” to spend like cash at Friends Books on Main, at branch library sales, or at the on-going sale shelves in each York County Library.
  • Invitation to annual Volunteer Recognition Event
  • Annual election of Friends leadership
  • Eligibility for membership at Founders Federal Credit Union

To join the Friends of the Library, fill out a membership form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) and return it with your dues to any York County Library location. Membership forms are also available at all branches of the York County Library or by calling (803) 981-5837.

Membership Dues

Yearly Membership Annual Dues Expiration
Friend (Individual) $15 12 months
Family Friend $25 12 months
Good Friend $50 12 months
Supportive Friend $100 12 months
Best Friend $500+ 12 months

Lifetime memberships are no longer available, but existing memberships will continue to be honored. Please note that on those memberships that allow multiple members, adults must live at the same address and are limited to 2 per $25 membership and 4 per $50 and up.

Friends of the Library Executive Board

David Needham , President; Open, Vice-President; DeeAnna Brooks, Secretary; Connie Newland, Treasurer; Martha Ferguson; Debora Hutchins; Barbara Jowett; Mac Lyle; Janie Matson; Lois Stimax; Linder Tucker

Volunteer at the Library

York County Library enlists Friends of the Library members as library volunteers to help with fundraising activities, meetings, programs and more. Friends of the Library members are contacted to help with projects only if they have indicated an interest in volunteering. To find out more about volunteering, see Volunteer at the Library or contact Debbie Turner, Community Relations Manager, at 803-981-5837 or by e-mail.

Volunteer of the Year

Joann McMaster and Faye Wyatt,
2015 Volunteer of the Year

The Joann Woods McMaster
Volunteer of the Year Award

Each year, the Friends of the Library recognizes a volunteer for his or her dedication on behalf of the York County Library. The award was named in honor of Joann W. McMaster for her efforts in founding the Friends and serving as the organization's first president in 1975.

Past recipients include: Martha Ferguson, 2014; Nancy Coleman, 2013; Connie Newland, 2012; Janie Matson, 2011; Jane Kasemersky, 2010; Deborah Wiegand, 2009; Joan King, 2008; Michael Simmons, 2007; Marianne O’Neill, 2006; Virginia and Jinilyn Anderson, 2005.

The Friends of the York County Library does not practice or condone any act of harassment or discrimination based upon a person’s race, ethnic group, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion or political beliefs.