Who Are We?

As stated in our Bylaws, the purpose of the Friends of the Brandywine Hundred Library (BHL) "shall be to promote knowledge of the function, resources, services, plans, and needs of the library; to encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests to the library; to stimulate public support and cooperation with the library in developing library services and facilities; to increase the value of the library to the community served."

To clarify its support for good library practices in our community, the Friends' board voted to endorse the Library Bill of Rights on May 9, 2006. The Library Bill of Rights was originally adopted by the American Library Association's Council on June 19, 1939 and has been revised several times since to reflect mainstream library values.

The Friends' board holds an open meeting in the library on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM, to plan fund raising, membership and support programs for the library.  The library manager's report is a regular part of these meetings. 

What we do :

  • Keep our members informed and engaged with the library.
  • Provide funds to improve materials, services & facilities. Provided funds have purchased books (including large print books) and videos, the ClearView magnification unit, a wheelchair for use in the library, and planters for the café patio.
  • Develop and sponsor library programs. The Friends have provided funds to pay the fees of many popular performers at BHL programs. The Friends have also funded the prizes awarded in reading programs and other activities. A friends-sponsored book discussion group meets monthly at the library (click here for more information)
  • Educate our community about library concerns
  • Contribute our time and talent.
  • Maintain a website, which links to archived copies of the Friends' newsletter, corporate documents, and other resources.
  • Hold our annual membership drive, reminding Friends of how their dues are used and to celebrate having a great library!

Why Join?

The Brandywine Hundred Library is the largest branch in the New Castle County library system. The building, which opened in April 2003, provides space for new programs and collections to serve community needs. The Friends look forward to providing new outreach programs and additional volunteer opportunities.  Help us make our library a vital resource for our community.

How Can You Support Us?

Print out a membership form and mail with your dues to:

Friends of Brandywine Hundred Library
PO Box 8051
Wilmington, DE 19803-8051

Or, join us or make a donation online