FRIENDS OF THE PIMA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY INC

Right Book, Right Price, Right Reason

aka Friends of Pima Library   |   Tucson, AZ   |  www.pimafriends.com

Mission

Friends of the Pima County Public Library are a group of avid library advocates dedicated to supporting and enhancing Library services and programs. The Friends of PCPL is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization founded in 1968 to raise funds for special and innovative library programs and services, which are not part of the normal annual budget. We accomplish this by raising funds through the sale of books, memberships, and grants. We have community book sales at our book barn at 2230 N. Country Club Road. Please visit www.pimafriends.com to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Friend and the Donations and Volunteer pages to learn how you can help. Your donations of time and money will benefit present and future generations of library users.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Ms. Libby Carol Stone

Main address

2230 N Country Club Rd

Tucson, AZ 85716 USA

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EIN

23-7201040

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We seek to support and encourage a literate community by providing financial support of public library programs and services.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Public Library Support

Funding of various public library programs including children and teen reading programs, adult classes, author events, writing workshops, family programs, and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to promote and sustain the public library's positive impact our the citizens of Pima County, Arizona. Free library services make education, entertainment, and personal development available to everyone. Educated and informed citizens create a strong, involved, and vibrant community.

Our aim is to get the most money we can for every donated item we receive so that we can give the public library the greatest amount of money possible. Whether that's selling books/AV items online or at a community sale or at our bookstore or selling remainders to bulk buyer, we strive to maximize the value of every donation. We also make concerted efforts to minimize our expenses. We take our responsibility as an advocate and funding source for the library very seriously and do our best to fulfill our mission.

The Friends own their own buildings where donations are processed and sold. The majority of work is done by the 250+ volunteers with the assistance of 4 FTE employees. Having been in Pima County for almost 50 years, the Friends have created a very stable and effective organization that is respected for its efficiency and community focus. We have extended our reach into the community by offering books for sale at 17 library branches, a book store, members-only sales, and open community sales. Several volunteers have expertise in recognizing valuable donations and work hard to obtain maximum return. By selling books online, we open our inventory to a worldwide market. We have even worked with an online auction house for special and valuable items, receiving as much as $1500 for one book. The volunteers recognize and appreciate that the Friends are self-funded and do not rely on grants.

The Friends first book sale was on a volunteer's patio in 1968. The first donation was a $500 scholarship to a UA Library Sciences student. From working in an extra bedroom or storage units with no water, cooling, or lights and lugging books back and forth to sale sites, the early volunteers did whatever was needed to keep the Friends going. Now we own our property, have monthly sales, sell books online, operate a bookstore, maintain 17 branch carts, and have paid employees and 250+ volunteers. Since 2002, the Friends have donated an average of $225,000 a year to the Public Library. Our donation goal for the current fiscal year is $260,000.

Financials

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Operations

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FRIENDS OF THE PIMA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY INC

Board of directors
as of 2/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Maura Robinson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes