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Your membership helps FOCL support Friends groups throughout Connecticut

Remember to join/renew if you haven't done so already.

Join with other Friends groups, libraries, and library advocates to support FOCL’s work on behalf of Friends groups throughout Connecticut.  Your membership enables FOCL to compile and share information on all aspects of Friends groups (fundraising, programming, advocacy, membership, volunteering, organization, etc.) through newsletters, workshops, conferences, meetings, the web site, and advisory visits to new Friends groups. Members receive discounted conference registration, the newsletter, and group listing in the directory and calendar.  Individual donations may be tax deductible. 

Click here to join/renew online or print membership forms.  Paper forms are being mailed to the current mailing list, or you can request a copy by emailing  

Thank you in advance for your support and for all you do as a Friend of libraries!


Congratulations to the 2019 FOCL Award Winners and Their Libraries!

The Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL) are pleased to announce the 2019 FOCL Award Winners:

Individual Achievement Award

Gert Beckwith of West Haven

Lucia Bloom of Orange

Victoria Fielding of East Hampton

Julianne Konopka of Wethersfield

Deb and Tom Morck of Cheshire

Focused Project Award

Friends of the Essex Library

Friends of the Wolcott Public Library

FOCL Group Award

The Scranton Library Friends from Madison

What is FOCL?

The Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL) is a non-profit organization consisting of local Friends groups, organizations and individual members who believe that libraries are an essential resource for the citizens of our State. 

We provide newsletters, workshops, conferences and visitations that support Friends functions such as fundraising, sponsorship of educational and entertainment programs, advocacy for their library, and in-library volunteer work like shelving and data processing.

Become a member

As a member of FOCL you become a part of a community of Friends groups, as well as individual, institutional, and corporate supporters, throughout Connecticut. 

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