Friends Group Online Discussion Forum

Updated March 18, 2020

COVID-19 is impacting libraries nationwide. In this time of uncertainty, United for Libraries is opening our online discussion forums to provide Boards of Trustees, Friends Groups, and Library Foundations across the country a place to share best practices, ask questions, seek feedback, and more.

From March 17, 2020, to June 30, 2020, the United for Libraries membership requirement to participate in our electronic discussion forums will be waived.


Friends from all types of libraries are invited to participate in the United for Libraries online discussion forum focused on topics of interest to library Friends. When you send an e-mail to the discussion group, it is automatically sent to all subscribers, and their e-mails are sent to your e-mail. In this way,Ā Friends from around the country can share advice and their real-world experiences. Messages are automatically archived for future searching.

Discussion topics can be whatever interests you - book sale strategies, fundraising ideas, membership drives, leadership recruitment, innovative programs, where to find gift shop items, selling used books online, how to develop library support in your community, etc. Participants agree to abide by a few simple guidelines:

  • The online discussion forum is an information forum for those wishing to seek and share best practices.
  • Personal, group, or statewide group membership is required for participation. (Waived through June 30, 2020)
  • All participants are to be treated with courtesy.
  • Commercial solicitation and/or spam is prohibited.

United for Libraries offers the following online discussion forums:

  • Friends (public, school, academic)
  • Trustees
  • Foundations
  • State Friends Groups

Sign-Up for United for Libraries Online Discussion Forums

Updated March 19, 2020

COVID-19 is impacting libraries nationwide. In this time of uncertainty, United for Libraries is opening our online discussion forums to provide Boards of Trustees, Friends Groups, and Library Foundations across the country a place to share best practices, ask questions, seek feedback, and more.

From March 19, 2020, to June 30, 2020, the United for Libraries membership requirement to participate in our online discussion forums will be waived.

Please use this form to sign-up for one or more of our online discussion forums:





NOTICE TO NON-MEMBERS: All participants who are not United for Libraries members will be automatically unsubscribed from online discussion forums on July 1, 2020. To continue participating in this member benefit past June 30, please join United for Libraries.

Please read the Online Discussion Forum Guidelines.