Friends of TPL

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Upcoming Event:

Ensuring a Complete Count for the 2020 Census: The potential role of public libraries

  • May 11th, Saturday at 2:00 pm – Main Library
    Guest speaker: Terry Kirchner, PhD, Executive Director of the Westchester Library System, Chair WLS Complete Count Committee
    This will be the first Census that can be completed online in addition to on paper. It is anticipated that those who already tend to be undercounted will also have difficulty with responding online. How can libraries and their Friends assist?This is a joint program of the Friends of the Troy Public Library and the Rensselaer County League of Women Voters, The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Troy Library will follow at 3pm. Please RSVP at

About the Friends:

Who we are:
Friends of the Troy Public Library is a member supported, non-profit organization that advocates, raises funds and provides critical support to the library. It reaches out to the community to create greater awareness of Library services and programs and gives the people of Troy the opportunity to invest in the success of the library by donating funds and by donating time through volunteering.  Since 1972 the Friends have been making a difference. Come join us.people using the library

What we do:

  • Operate The Bookseller, the used book store at the Lansingburgh Branch which helps raise funds for the library and distributes unsold books to community organizations
  • Underwrite the Summer Reading Program for children and teens and provide support for many on-going children’s events throughout the year,
  • Provide support for many of the library’s adult program including Shorts-Out-Loud
  • Purchase books and materials for the library
  • Underwrite the Museum Pass program providing free admission to area museums
  • Conduct public tours of the Main branch, highlighting its architectural history
  • Provide support for maintaining the appearance and upkeep of the buildings.
  • In addition, the Friends have purchased equipment such as the book drops and bicycle racks.

Be a Friend!

From the Newsletter to the BookSeller, the Friends contribute in many ways to the library. We invite you to join the Friends by printing-out and completing the Friends of TPL application form.

Questions? Email the Friends of TPL:

For up to date information on Pop Up Book sales around town this Spring and Summer and other events, follow the Friends of the Troy Public Library on Facebook.

The Book Seller Hours:

  • book saleWednesdays: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The BookSeller, sponsored by the Friends of the Troy Public Library, is a place to buy gently used books at bargain prices. Most books are $1.00, with the exception of mass market paperbacks ($.50), children’s books and magazines ($.25 each). In addition to books, the BookSeller has a selection of DVDs, CDs and Audiobooks.

We invite you to join the Friends by printing out and completing the Friends of TPL application form.  We are pleased and grateful for your support!

Book Donations

We are happy to accept donations of books or other materials that are in good condition. If we do not add the items to our collection, they will be sold to in the Book Seller.

Man holding booksDonation Guidelines:

  • Books or other materials in good condition
  • DVDs and CDs must be original copies in playable condition.
  • No magazines, encyclopedias, or Reader’s Digest Condensed Books.

Please place all donations in sturdy boxes or bags, and schedule large donations in advance or by contacting the Friends of TPL: If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, we can provide a dated acknowledgment of the donation, but cannot place monetary value on donated items.