Friends of Gympie Regional Libraries

The Friends of Gympie Regional Libraries Inc (FOLs) give valued support to the libraries and the community. Formed in July 1979, the FOL group is the oldest, active group in Queensland. 

The Friends of Gympie Regional Libraries aim to:

  • provide practical volunteer assistance in maintaining and extending library services
  • contribute to the ongoing improvement of library services and to the purchase of additional resources by securing external funding
  • encourage and accept donations of books, manuscripts, money and items that can enrich and diversify our library collection.

Friends of the Library membership

The FOLs welcome new members. If you have a love for the library, and a desire to help community members benefit from the library service, consider joining the group. To apply, please complete and return the FOL membership application form. Members pay a small subscription fee of $3 per year.


Volunteer services and activities

Home library service
FOL members and other volunteers select, deliver and return books for those who are no longer able to visit the library, particularly housebound people and residents of aged care facilities.

Local history collection
Volunteers frequently assist with local history research and other projects which preserve the Gympie Region’s rich heritage.

Library promotions
The FOLs and other volunteers support a wide range of library activities including book launches, displays, morning teas, Heritage Week, and the Rush Festival. FOL members run regular book sales and use the proceeds to support the work of the library service.


Volunteering rights and responsibilities

Gympie Regional Libraries acknowledge and value the significant contribution that volunteers make to the community and to the library service in particular. Services such as the Home Library Service could not be delivered without this contribution, and many library initiatives and improvements are achieved as a direct result of the activities of the Friends of Gympie Regional Libraries Inc. All volunteers must be eligible for a Queensland Blue Card and must adhere to Council’s Code of Conduct and policy guidelines as outlined in the Volunteer Handbook 2019.


Related information

Home library service

Local history collection