Friends of the Library

About the Friends 

Community support for library services in Southern Pines spans more than 100 years. From the King's Daughters Library founded in 1899, to the Southern Pines Library Association in 1922, and finally the Southern Pines Public Library in 1958, the community has recognized that the public library nurtures a love of reading and a quest for knowledge and life-long learning that is so vital to all its citizens.

While basic funding comes from local tax dollars, support from Friends of Southern Pines Public Library--a 501(c)(3) organization--enables the library to provide additional programs and resources that enhance the quality of service to the community, such as multiple copies of high demand books, summer reading programs, and adult discussion programs.


Annual memberships to the Friends cover the period of July 1 through June 30. Membership dues may be mailed in or dropped off at the Library. An annual meeting of the membership is held in June.


The Friends organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that meets 4 times a year. Each Director is responsible for an area of service. Members are encouraged to volunteer to assist with projects of the Friends. Contact the Library to volunteer!

Endowment Funds

In hopes of providing financial support in perpetuity for the work of the Friends, endowment funds have been established by its Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for ensuring that all endowment funds are invested prudently and that the income from these investments is used in compliance with the charitable endeavors of the Friends of Southern Pines Public Library.

Endowment Fund

  • Established with unrestricted gifts for endowment from members of the community.
  • The principle of this fund is not expendable.
  • The earned income from the fund is available to the Friends to support the needs of the library.

Quasi-Endowment Fund

  • Established by the Board of Directors with designations from the surpluses in the operating budget.
  • The principal of this fund may be totally expended at the discretion of the board of directors.
  • Like the Endowment Fund, the general purpose of the fund is to provide income to support expanded library services.

Contributions & Gifts

These funds are open to receive contributions in any amount. Contributions are welcome from corporations, organizations, and individuals. Gifts may be given in memory or honor of a person or group. Gifts and bequests may be made in the form of cash, securities, other assets, life insurance, or trusts. Your attorney can assist you to include the friends in your estate planning.

Holiday Ornaments

Landmark ornaments are an annual series of collectible 24 karat gold-finished ornaments issued by Friends of Southern Pines Public Library, depicting architectural landmarks of Southern Pines. Each year the friends board reviews potential sites and selects one to commemorate. A limited number copies of each ornament are produced, dated with the year of issue.

While all proceeds from the sale of ornaments are used by Friends of Southern Pines Public Library to support many programs and services of the Library that would not be possible otherwise, the ornaments are more than a fundraising project. They promote the history of Southern Pines as reflected in its rich and varied architectural heritage.

Local residents have been collecting the series as keepsakes of their own hometown, as well as giving them to friends and family. They are also popular with visitors as reminders of their stay in our area.

Little Free Library

Little Free Libraries

Members of Southern Pines and West Southern Pines Civic Clubs have joined forces with the Friends of Southern Pines Public Library to unveil two Little Free Libraries™, one at Pool Park and one at Downtown Park.

The idea behind the project is to take the joy of reading outside of the main library and integrate books in environments where members of the community already live and play. Southern Pines joins a network of more than 50,000 Little Free Libraries around the world, all aimed at celebrating and inspiring lifelong readers.

The Friends of Southern Pines Public Library is accepting book donations to stock the Little Free Libraries that meet specific conditions.


Our quarterly newsletter, Bookends , is available to read online.

Available Ornaments

Dempsey Student Center
200910Limited Supply Available at Library

The Southern Pines Public Library
200610Limited Supply Available at Library