Established in 1950, the Friends of the Library is a 501c(3) non profit organization supporting and enhancing the goals of the Library. In addition to holding two used book sales each year, we fund a robust schedule of quality programs for all ages at the Library. Membership in the Friends is open to all, and membership dues go directly to supporting activities at Baldwin. Join the Friends today to support your library! The membership year lasts from September 1 through August 30.

Baldwin appreciates the Friends of BPL's
most recent donation of this large
globe to the Youth Room. 

Friends of the Library Board

The Board of the Friends work tirelessly to manage everything from the used book sales, membership drives, newsletter, and more.



Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in helping out the Friends above and beyond membership? Volunteers are needed to staff the Book Sales, and to help behind the scenes sorting the thousands of books, DVDs and CDs that are donated throughout the year.

To volunteer with the Friends, please email Paul Gillin or call 248-554-4683.

Where Our Money Goes

Library Director Doug Koschick (right), accepts a generous donation in the amount of $36,000 from the Friends of the Baldwin Public Library Treasurer Joe Wolf.

The Friends provide financial support for:

  • Programs for Youth, Teens and Adults
  • Program Refreshments and Supplies
  • Summer Reading Programs and Prizes
  • Author Visits
  • Book Club Books
  • Equipment
  • Marketing, Outreach and Displays
  • Computers and Other Technology
  • Books & Beyond Newsletter




2017 Book Sales

The Friends of Baldwin Public Library hold Book Sales twice yearly, in May and November. Over 10,000 books, sorted by category, are offered for sale. Members of the Friends are invited to the Friday evening preview night where they get first choice of the items on sale.

Upcoming Sales:

May 5-8, 2017

November 3-6, 2017

Donate your Used Books to the Friends:

The Friends of BPL accept donations on a small cart in the lobby whenever the Library is open. If you have a larger donation, please call the Circulation Desk at 248-554-4630 to request assistance. Pull your vehicle into the Library's loading dock on Chester Street. Library staff will help you unload your materials.

Friends of the Baldwin Public Library do not accept the following:

  • Magazines
  • Records
  • VHS tapes
  • Condensed Books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Self-taped videos, audios
  • Textbooks
  • Sets, such as Time-Life or American Heritage