About the Friends

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library is a separate 501(c)(3) group of volunteers who support the Library, its services, and programs through various activities, including fund raising events, volunteer support, programming support, and book sales. Funds are generated by memberships, annual book sales, shop sales, in-kind gifts, and grants.

The Lewes Public Library is an “independent library” within the Delaware Division of Libraries consortium. As such, the Lewes Public Library must raise over 41% of its annual operating funds each year. The Library has three principal funders. In order of contributions they are: Sussex County, State of Delaware, and Friends of Lewes Public Library.


The Friends pay for 100% of the books added to the Library’s collection, as well as many of the free programs offered. Among the items purchased or sponsored by the Friends are:

  • Library book purchases
  • All Large Print books
  • Junior Library Guild books
  • Books on CD, Playaways, and DVDs
  • Library programming
  • Seasonal decorating
  • Special projects and miscellaneous Library needs

Support the Library by joining the Friends today.