Friends of the Key West Library

Active since 1972, the Friends of the Key West Library is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by community members who support, improve and promote the Key West Library through fundraising, volunteering and raising public interest in the library and its services.

We are book lovers, information seekers, readers, listeners, music and movie buffs; we are young and old, with diverse backgrounds and interests. Like you, we treasure ideas and believe that our public library is a vital community resource.

LOCATION for 2016 LECTURE SERIES: The Lecture Series takes place on Monday nights at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. Admission is free and seating begins at 5:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis with the programs starting promptly at 6:00 p.m. Please refer to the Lecture Series page for dates, speakers, and times.

Whether you're in Key West for two weeks, two months or live here year round, there's always room for another Friend! Please read about our recent activities and events in our latest newsletter and endorse our mission by becoming a Friend now.

If you're already a contributing member of the Friends of the Key West Library, you know how far your annual donations go to make our library better: they help buy materials to enhance the library's collections, support additional programming, purchase much needed equipment and improve the facility.

In addition to membership donations, the Friends contribute hundreds of volunteer hours assisting staff in the library and sponsoring community events like monthly book sales and a seasonal lecture series that is free and open to the public. Find out more about these and other opportunities on our volunteer page.

The Key West May Hill Russell Library has been one of the cornerstones of island life for more than 50 years. More than just a stately pink building at 700 Fleming St., the southernmost branch — one of the oldest libraries in the state of Florida — serves more than a quarter of a million visitors annually. With a multimedia collection that includes some 190,000 items, public computers with internet access, remote online services, a renowned Florida History Room, reading groups, film screenings, children's programs and more, it's the best place to be!