Friends of the Library

The Friends raise funds to augment the collections and services of the Library and support the programs of the library. Please email for any information you don’t find on the site.

The money raised is from our bookstore and the silent auction whose quality books have been donated by a generous public. You can show your support of the library by patronizing our bookstore on the lower level of the library and participating in the silent auction of books in the main hall of the library

Also, come to our bag sale the first Saturday of every month where you can get a grocery bag of books for $5 for members and $6 for non-members.

The Friends, in conjunction with the Library, sponsor children’s programs, book clubs, and the appearances of speakers and programs on cultural issues, history, and literature.

Former Library Director Says:

In reviewing the first 30 years of the Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library, “extraordinary” is the only word appropriate to describe my feelings. Those original charter members were all community leaders and veterans of a variety of organizational participation. Their experience and enthusiasm lent spirit and results in forming the Friends organization in 1973. The Friends have supplemented the Smiley’s collections, benefited staff morale, made special selections and research available to the patrons, and ask for nothing in return.

— Larry E. Burgess, Library Director


Annual dues are used to purchase new books and digital material for the library collection and to fund children’s programming, infrastructure upgrades and heritage programs. Annual Dues range from $10.00 to $1,000. You may enroll as a Friend of the A.K.Smiley Library online, below, or pickup a membership envelope at the bookstore in the basement of the Library. The annual meeting of members occurs in June of each year.



Volunteers are needed to work in the bookstore, to assist with the auctions, and to help shelve books. Volunteers also help with publicity, mailings, and with hospitality at meetings. Also, volunteers publish a newsletter for members four times a year to keep them up to date. Call the Bookstore at 798-7685 for more information on volunteering.

If you’ve ever considered becoming a volunteer with the Friends, now’s the time. Interested or have questions? Call and leave a message at 798-7685 if you’re interested in helping with sales, book sorting, working the counter in the bookstore, and working with the auction team.


An important program of The Friends of the Library is the Adult Literacy Program at A. K. Smiley Library. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 909.798.7565, ext. 4138, email us at:, or visit our webpage at AK Smiley Public Library Adult Literacy Program.

Please call the Redlands Adult Literacy Program office at 909.798.7565, ext. 4138 or email for information on volunteering or if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!


The Friends Bookstore is found downstairs in the library. It has over 14,000 gently used books on the shelves and offers them at very attractive prices including discounts for members of the Friends. The bookstore also sells Friends and Smiley Library merchandise. On the first Saturday of each month, the Bookstore conducts a Bag Sale, in which a grocery bag of books may be purchased for $5.00 by members and $6.00 by non-members. All books have been donated by the people of Redlands and the surrounding area. Please go to the home page for more information, including current hours and prices.


The Silent Auction will return when the Library Reopens.


The Friends conduct 4 Special Sales each year. In the Fall and Spring are the Semi-Annual Sales. They are a week long and the first day is for members only. Beyond that are a Holiday Book Sale around the holiday time in December and a one evening sale coordinated with the musical at the Redlands Bowl. The sales are of the more recent and better books which have been donated to the Friends.



The purchase of books for the library is the chief objective of the Friends. Income from the bookstore, the sales, the auction,and donations are applied to that end. In addition, the Buy-A-Book program helps buy books and provides a way for community members to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one. When you Buy-A-Book, a nameplate is placed in the book with the name of the person you are honoring or memorializing. Forms for the program may be had at several of the help-desks in the library as well as in the Friends Bookstore.


Access a detailed PDF file: “History of the Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library, Redlands, California, 1973-1995” with additional pages detailing the Friends’ through 2020. This document is 96 pages and 5MB in size. The file can be downloaded to your local computer for viewing, printing, or retaining as a digital reference of the Friends’ activities through the years.