Sample Mission Statement for Friends Groups

Statement of Purpose
Friends of the Jacksonville (FL) University Library

The purposes of the Friends of the JU Library are to:
  • To build a permanent endowment for the library through encouraging life memberships.
  • To provide additional money for library materials, equipment, and/or services from funds received through payment of dues for various types of memberships.
  • To attract to the University Library - by bequest or by gifts - books, money, or other appropriate materials.
  • To provide a more thorough understanding of the work of the University Library, its limitations, difficulties, opportunities and responsibilities.
  • To provide the opportunity for individuals to establish book memorials.
  • To build a greater realization of the importance of the library to the continued development of the University and the community.
  • To serve as a medium through which The Friends of the JU Library become acquainted with one another and share their mutual enthusiasm for books.


Mission Statement
Friends of the Sterling C. Evans Libraries, Texas A&M University

  • To promote understanding and appreciation of the Sterling C. Evans Library and its affiliated libraries at Texas A&M University.
  • To highlight the library's role in enhancing the University as a top ranked institution in the state and nation.
  • To seek support for the library through monetary gifts and gifts of materials such as books, manuscripts, and art.
  • To seek support as an organization for alumni, faculty, students and friends to unite in support of the library.


Mission Statement
Friends of the Belleville Public Library and Information Center (Belleville, NJ)
The Friends of the Library sponsor programs and help to support new library services and technologies, while working to maintain Belleville’s quality library. The Friends of the Library organize trips to places of cultural interest and trips special library improvements, cultural events, and for book collections.


Mission Statement
Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library (Newington, CT)
The Friends is formed exclusively for charitable, literary, and educational purposes as specified in Sec 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended. These purposes are:

  • To maintain a membership of persons and businesses (hereinafter referred to as “members”) supportive of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library of Newington, Connecticut (hereinafter referred to as “the Library”);
  • To support and cooperate with the Library in developing, maintaining, and enhancing facilities, resources, and services for the public;
  • To stimulate the use of the Library’s facilities, resources, and services;
  • To encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests for the benefit of the Library;
  • To focus public attention on the Library and;
  • To support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.