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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Ottawa Library supports the Ottawa Library and local reading initiatives by providing funding for materials, programs and special projects through their weekly used book sales at their store and through memberships.

Book Sales

The Friends of the Ottawa Library hosts volunteer driven books sales Hours may vary due to public holidays, inclement weather, and volunteer staffing. The books are generally donations or retired library copies. It is a great way to help a starting teacher build a classroom book collection, encourage reading through inexpensive gifts of books, and support library programs.  

  • Children's Books $0.25 each

  • Paperback Books $0.50 each

  • Hardback Books $1.00 each

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Properly serving our community relies on the support of our community. Fortunately, the Friends of the Ottawa Library receives both material and monetary donations from members, the general public, the Ottawa Library, local businesses and more. These donations help provide library events and community opportunities.

Tax deductible

Rejoice. The Friends of the Ottawa Library’s 501(c)(3) status means that all donations to the Friends of the Ottawa Library are tax deductible. If you need a letter acknowledging your donation, please request it at the time of the donation and one will be sent to you. We cannot place a value on your items.​

How to donate

Donations can be taken to the Friends of the Ottawa Library book store during operating hours. Outside the hours of the FOL book sales, items can be dropped off at the Ottawa Library Reference Desk.

Acceptable Donations

We are happy to accept any of the following items in good condition:

  • books

  • DVDs

  • blu-rays

  • music CDs

  • records

  • puzzles

  • board games

  • video games

Unacceptable Donations

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept the following items:

  • items that are unhealthy to handle

  • newspapers

  • damaged items

  • encyclopedias

  • yearbooks

  • VHS tapes

  • cassette tapes

  • homemade media (DVDs, CDs, videos, or tapes)

  • Reader's Digest books

  • magazines.​



Being a member of the Friends of the Ottawa Library organization is like giving a gift that keeps on giving.

Membership dues are used for many things – from buying books and other materials for the Library, to providing training for staff and volunteers, to assisting with childhood literacy initiatives and advocating for strong libraries everywhere. Here are a few of the opportunities that membership dues assist with:

  • Summer Reading Programs for all ages

  • Support the Franklin County Children's Literature Festival, Donate books to several local groups such as LifeCare Center for Women, Sunflower Plaza, and Hope House.

  • Fund the Pegg Carr Large Print Memorial Fund

  • Fund the O-Town Reads community events

  • Ottawa Library Endowment Fund

  • Ottawa Library New Building Fund

2024 Business Members
  • KOFO 1220 AM & 103.7 FM

  • Sutton's Jewelry

  • Dr. Greg T Dulos, Optometrist

  • Goppert State Service Bank

  • Oak Star Bank

  • Bret Chartier, Realtor - Crown Realty

  • Porter, Spears, & Bundy

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