Friends of the Library

Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries

Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries was founded in 1957 and incorporated in 1968 as a nonprofit organization. Its purpose is to aid and promote the activities and goals of the Tulsa City-County Library system. The Friends organization fulfills its purpose through diverse programs and activities responsive to a wide range of needs and concerns. Friends membership is open to anyone who believes in supporting our library system.


YOUR Friends Membership in Action

  1. As a Friend YOU are an advocate on behalf of libraries in our community and across the state.

  2. As a Friend YOU champion literacy through the First Book initiative to provide books to children from low-income families and through the library’s Summer Reading Program.

  3. As a Friend YOU supply staff with scholarships for continuing education and fund staff training days.

  4. As a Friend YOU bring opportunities for yourself and others in Tulsa County to participate in both fun and informative programs like Books Sandwiched In and the Adult Creative Writing Contest.

  5. As a Friend YOU say "thank you" to every library volunteer across Tulsa County by supporting the annual volunteer recognition banquet hosted by the Friends.

Join or Donate

Two ways to join or donate:

Give Online

Download a Form

About Us

Supported Programs and Events

Adult Creative Writing Contest | LEARN MORE

  • For over 40 years Friends have sponsored a creative writing contest for adults to foster emerging writers.

Books Sandwiched In | LEARN MORE

  • The Friends' longest running program, Books Sandwiched In, brings notable Tulsans to the library for engaging book talks each spring and fall.

First Book | LEARN MORE

  • Sponsored locally by Friends, First Book is a nationwide initiative to bring books to early readers. Friends currently serve four Title 1 sites, providing nearly 1,000 books annually.

Great Decisions | LEARN MORE

  • Friends are host to Great Decisions foreign policy discussion groups that meet across Tulsa.

Staff Scholarship Program

  • Friends help ensure the next generation of library leaders are equipped to handle the evolving library landscape by providing scholarships for staff to further their education.

Travels With Tulsans | LEARN MORE

  • Another long running Friends program, Travels With Tulsans travelogues inform and entertain guests each winter.

Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries also supports the library's literacy program, volunteer program and other initiatives.

2021-2022 Officers and Board

Dorothy Minor, President
Diane Pennington, 1st Vice President
Mindy Galoob, 2nd Vice President
Norman Bryant, Treasurer
Rachel Organist, Assistant Treasurer
Peggy Wolfe, Recording Secretary
Michael Nesser, Corresponding Secretary
Sherry Leslie, Past President

Lin Arnett, Barbara Bannon, Laura Bottoms, Robin Bowman, Brenda Bradshaw, Nancy Carroll, Chris Cole, Courtney Cooper, Doris Degner-Foster, Rachel Ann Dennis, Ros Elder, Laura Frossard, Karen Gaddis, Laurie Green, Lillie Haddican, Donna Hart, Janet Henderson, Barry Hensley, Morgan Holmes, Arlene Johnson, Marty Laughlin, Lisa Lawrence, Jim Lee, Carolyn McClure, Gisele McDaniel, Rosemary Moran, Diane Morrow-Kondos, Mary Olzawski, Karen Owens, Glad Platner, April Schweikhard, Marian Sexton, Karla Tomsen, Peggy Wolfe

Contact Us

Questions? Call 918.549.7419 or email Friends@tulsalibrary.org.