The Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library was established in 1974 in order to create public interest in the Miami-Dade Public Library and its branches, to promote increased knowledge and understanding of its services and needs, and to foster public support for its development. The Friends was established in 1974 by a number of historically significant South Floridians including Frank Brogan, Mae Knight Clark, Helen Dorsett, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Margaret Ewell, Douglas Fairbairn, Pamela Johnson, Helen Muir, William Muir and Ralph Renick. Today the Friends is focused on promoting the Library through three main avenues: Awareness, Advocacy, and Fundraising.
The Friends seeks to promote awareness of Library programs and services throughout the county. The Library offers a tremendous variety of resources for all of Miami-Dade's residents. By promoting Library awareness we seek to increase utilization of the Library and strengthen its perception as an invaluable community resource.
The Library is an invaluable resource for Miami-Dade county residents. In order to help the Library better serve county residents, the Friends advocates for Library causes amongst organizations and individuals in the public and private sectors. Historically the Friends' advocacy efforts have helped maintain critical funding for the Library.
The Friends raises critical funds that help supplement public funding in order to support and expand library programs and services. Our fundraising efforts are focused on both individuals and corporations. Please help us in our quest to build a better library for the entire community!