Who are the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library?

Friends of Lake Oswego Public Library is a non-profit, 501(c)3, established to support our community’s Lake Oswego Public Library. The four primary goals of the FRIENDS are: to support projects for community use where other funds are not available; to support the mission of the lake Oswego Public Library and the priorities as described in the library’s goals and objectives; to provide support to initiate programs with long term impact, especially those that may be supported in the future by City/County contributions; and to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the library. We invite you to learn about what we do and to join us in supporting the Lake Oswego Public Library. (Links to information about joining are at the bottom of this page.)


Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library is dedicated to support projects for community use, in particular those involving new technology and/or financial benefit, to actively support levies and other library funding and to provide programming for the community.

Friends does not assume responsibility for programs and projects that would normally be funded through public monies. Friends efforts are an enhancement to, and not a replacement for, governmental support of the library.

Friends also assist the Library during some of their events by providing refreshments, including our famous gummy worms, or as they are better known – “Book Worms”. These events include Rox in Sox, the Storytelling Festival, Music and Author Nights, and Knights of Veritas.


The Booktique is the used bookstore operated by The Friends of The Lake Oswego Public Library as a means to raise funds for supporting programs of the Lake Oswego Public Library. Discover more about Booktique.


In the Spring of 1953, a small group of people interested in libraries got together to paint the walls of the Lake Oswego Library. This was not a huge task as the library at that time consisted of one room in City Hall. From that beginning, a more formal organization was formed “to help publicize the library, to raise funds to augment the budget and to organize a long-range plan for expansion and building,” according to early records.

From their modest beginnings up to 1984, Friends raised $10,000 for the library. One of the early fundraisers was the researching, writing and publication of Mary Goodall’s Oregon Iron Dream, still considered a classic of Lake Oswego history. Profits from that single book added $2,000 to the library building fund. Other fundraising activities in those early years included “movie & popcorn nights” at the library, publishing and selling a cookbook, Book Cooks and Other Important People”, and holding annual book sales. (segue sentence about formation of Booktique?!)  Read moreLake Oswego Reads 2016


Lake Oswego Reads is not only a true statement, it's the name of the Lake Oswego Public Library program which selects one book (with hundreds of copies distributed for FREE to local residents while supplies last) and includes a month of supporting events around the selected book, including an author talk! 

Friends of the LO Library members receive their book early and they also receive a ticket to the author talk. The 2016 LO Reads book was Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan. This book is the product of Egan's extensive archival research as well as arduous travel to many of the locations and tribes studied by photographer Edward Curtis. The book has won praise for its compelling narrative, graceful prose, originality and humanizing of Curtis and the Native people he photographed and admired. It has won numerous awards. 

Each year, dozens of unique experiences help the community explore and celebrate the LO Reads selected book. For a listing of the events and dates, please visit the Lake Oswego Library website's LO Reads page. 

JOIN US - Become a Friend

We are always happy to have new members and volunteers to share in "doing good" and supporting the Lake Oswego Library and it's vital programs!

For details about the benefits and various levels of Membership, and to find out how to become a Member of the Friends, please visit the Membership page.

Volunteers are a vital aspect of the success of the Booktique! There are three general categories of volunteers needed: sorters, pricers and cashiers. Learn more about the duties of each and how our volunteers help the Booktique thrive on the Volunteer page.

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