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 learning and public awareness, and advocate for and strive to ensure that our Library continues to be a central and vital part of Sechelt.

Book Faire Dates 2019

Fri Feb 8 – Sun Feb 10
Fri Mar 8 – Sun Mar 10
Fri Apr 12 – Sun Apr 14
Fri May 17 – Sun May 19
Fri Jun 7 – Sun Jun 9 ; Fri Jun 21 – Sun Jun 23
Fri Jul 5 – Sat Jul 6 ; Fri Jul 19 – Sun Jul 21  *CLOSED Sun July 7 (no hydro)
Fri Aug 2 – Sun Aug 4 ; Fri Aug 16 – Sun Aug 18
Fri Sep 6 – Sun Sep 8
Fri Oct 4 – Sun Oct 6

Book Faire Hours: Fridays 12-5; Saturdays 10-5; Sundays 10-3

Donation Criteria

Donations of up to two boxes of books in good condition are accepted at each Book Faire until 1 pm on Sunday.  The Friends of the Sechelt Public Library are happy to accept the following items in excellent condition:

  • 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 items:

  • 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 additional information please call Gillian Smith at 740-8385 or email the Friends of the Library at

Sandy & Ann Book Sale


Join Us:

The Friends 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 current co chair of the Friends, Sandra Friedman at 604-885-5998 or speak with our Chief Librarian, Shelley Archibald at 604-885-3260.

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 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 have provided the library with over $90,000 worth of resources, materials and program support. This includes:

  • DVDs
  • new chairs
  • sloping lower shelves
  • a craft cart
  • book trucks
  • daisy readers
  • video and digital cameras
  • bookbags
  • 2 self-check-out machines
  • staff workroom reorganization
  • depressible spring-loaded book returns


International Crime DVD Collection