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Friends of the Oakville Public Library

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The Friends of the Oakville Public Library (also known as FOL) is a group of volunteers dedicated to enhancing library programs and services within the community. Through book sales and other fundraising activities, the Friends of the Library help develop and enhance various programs and services offered within the library.

Book Sales

Book sales are held at OPL's Central Branch auditorium, four times per year. For details including current book sale dates and popup sales, visit our Book Sales page

Volunteer with the Friends of the Oakville Public Library

We are currently seeking the following volunteer roles for our Friends of the Library Committee - a dedicated group made up of 8-10 community volunteers who are passionate about the Oakville Public Library’s (OPL) role as a community hub and its importance in creating a welcoming and inclusive community. FOL volunteers actively support the library's mission by organizing book sales, and other fundraising activities. These efforts contribute significantly to the enrichment of library programs and services, while also fostering strong partnerships with our local community organizations.

Adults (must be 18 years or older)

  • Friends of the Library Committee Chair – leads the Friends of the Library committee and its area leaders by providing oversight, coordination, and encouragement in the fulfilment of FOL activities to achieve the FOL goals and objectives. 
  • Friends of the Library Committee – Book Sale Lead - The Book Sale Lead plays a crucial role in overseeing the meticulous execution of all facets of the Friends of the Library Book Sales.
  • Click here for more information FOL Volunteer Committee Chair and Book Sale Lead

To apply: Send your resume and cover letter, by December 31, 2023, to  Be sure to include “Friends of the Library Committee application” in the subject line.

Book Sale Volunteers – Interested in volunteering at the upcoming book sales? Volunteer opportunities for adult (age 18 and over) and teens (age 14 and above) are posted prior to each book sale.  Roles will include event setup, event logistics, cashiers and event teardown. Apply and create a volunteer profile here: Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering.

If you have already applied, please accept our thanks. We will respond to your application as soon as possible. If you have already registered as a volunteer please use this link to login to your Volunteer Profile.

Friendly Finds at OPL

Friendly Finds are gently used materials – books, audio books and audio-visual materials, in great condition, available for sale at all OPL branches. They are handpicked, curated and chosen by OPL staff and Friends of the Library from the donated books received at OPL and out of circulation books that are weeded by OPL staff.  Proceeds from the sale of materials support enhancing library programs and services within the community.

Friendly Finds offers the opportunity for our community to find gently used books and support the library. By offering used books for sale, we are promoting a sustainable, environmentally friendly option and affordable access to book ownership, while continuing to encourage literacy. Books and materials are stocked weekly and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Find Friendly Finds at an OPL branch near you today. Locations


Contact Friends of the Library
Charitable Registration Number 11924 8169 RR0001

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