Friends of the Sechelt Public Library




Who 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

No book donations during the first Book Faire as we are paying for 4 lockers full of pre-COVID book donations.

















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