Before there was a library, there was the Friends…

It's hard to imagine, but before there was a library, there was the Friends. In 1958, a small group of East Grand Rapids residents organized the Friends of the EGR Library and mounted a campaign to bring the first library to our East Grand Rapids community.

From those roots, the Friends have continued to work through the decades to bring new and innovative resources and experiences to enrich our community through the library. With donations from members like you and dollars raised through our various fundraising events, we look to fund “the extras” above and beyond the library's taxpayer-funded budget by supporting things like adult and children programming; materials and supplies for community projects; aesthetic and structural improvements making the EGR Library an even more enjoyable place to visit.

The Friends of the EGR Library invite you to explore this website to learn more about this history-rich organization and what you can do to help. Donate | Volunteer


The goal of the Friends of the EGR Library is to enrich programs and services, ensuring our library by the lake fosters curiosity, creativity, and community.

  • EGR_Library_-_Temporary_Location_August_2006EGR Library - Temporary Location August 2006
  • Friends_Banner_EGR_4th_of_July_paradeFriends Banner EGR 4th of July parade
  • Friends_Open_House_for_the_new_EGR_library._2006Friends Open House for the new EGR library. 2006
  • Friends_of_the_EGR_Library_sponsors_history_roomFriends of the EGR Library sponsors history room
  • Friends_of_the_EGR_Library_tour_the_new_library_under_construction.__The_Friends_contributed_100000_to_the_building_fund.__March_4_2006Friends of the EGR Library tour the new library under construction. The Friends contributed 100000 to the building fund. March 4 2006
  • Friends_sponsor_open_house_for_new_EGR_Library_history_room.__2006Friends sponsor open house for new EGR Library history room. 2006

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