Friends of the Sechelt Public Library

friends of the library logoWho We Are:

Friends of the Sechelt Public Library is an independent non-profit organization that was founded in 1997.  It is made up of a passionate group of volunteers who raise funds on behalf of the library, promote literacy and strive to ensure that our Library continues to be a central and vital part of Sechelt and surrounding community.

Book Faire Dates 2021

Book Faires & donations are
on hold due to the COVID-19 restrictions.


Donation Criteria

  • Maximum 2 boxes of books
  • Friday and Saturday only during the Book Faire
  • Excellent condition.

Donation Types:

  • classic titles, older best sellers and popular fiction of enduring interest
  • local materials about Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast, and British Columbia
  • books that have been published or purchased within the past 5 years
  • popular current paperbacks

We are unable to accept the following (so sorry!):

  • materials that are worn, torn, underlined, highlighted, dusty, dirty, mouldy or in otherwise poor condition
  • encyclopedias, computer books and manuals, Reader’s Digest condensed books, colouring books, workbooks, blank page journals
  • previously sold library material
  • records, cassettes or VHS tapes
  • magazines
  • textbooks

For questions about donations, please contact Co-Chair, Gillian Smith at (604) 740-8385 or email the Friends of the Sechelt Public Library at



Join Us:

The Friends of the Sechelt Public Library meet at 1:30pm on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Rockwood Centre, 5511 Shorncliffe Ave, Sechelt.  Fees are $5 per year.  If you love books and the library, enjoy the company of like-minded interesting people, and are looking for something worthwhile to do, consider volunteering with the Friends.  For more information contact the Co-chair, Sandra Friedman at 604-885-5998 or

Meet our Executive:

  • Co-Chair: Gillian Smith
  • Co-Chair: Sandra Friedman
  • Treasurer: Beverly Shimazaki
  • Secretary: Paula Selmayer

What We Do:

The main purpose of the Friends of the Sechelt Public Library is to raise money to provide a variety of programs, resources and equipment purchases that are separate from the Sechelt Public Library’s core operating budget.  Decisions about these purchases are made at the request of, and in close consultation with, the Chief Librarian.  Our main fundraising activity is our ongoing Book Faires. In the past five years, the Friends of the Sechelt Public Library have raised funds in excess of $100,000 to help provide the library with resources, materials, and program support. These include:

  • 2 self-check-out machines
  • board games
  • book trucks
  • bookbags
  • a craft cart
  • DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) readers
  • depressible spring-loaded book returns
  • DVDs
  • items for children’s programs
  • new chairs
  • a patron counter
  • sloping lower shelves
  • staff workroom reorganization
  • video and digital cameras