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Friends of the Bend Libraries

We incorporated as a non-profit in 1980, believing then, as we do now, that a strong library is a cultural and economic asset to the entire Bend community. The FOBL is an all-volunteer organization, with 100% of our project funding used to improve the literacy and library services offered to the people of Bend.


We contributed to the construction of the Downtown Branch (built in 1999) and provided funding for the East Branch (opened in 2011), along with assisting in the passage of the bond measure which created the DPL District. To raise these donations, our volunteers hold quarterly book sales, operate a small gift/used bookstore (called The Friendshop), and encourage support through yearly memberships.

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E-Book Update

Did you know that each e-Book copy costs the Library, just like a print version (an average of $25 per copy)? Most publishers now allow public libraries to make these purchases, but some still pose restrictions (such as, the library may only "lend" a copy out so many times).

So how does the Deschutes Public Library pay for all the e-copies that are in demand? By asking their FRIENDS!! All 5 Friends groups in the District give money annually, so that these "books" can get into your e-reader FOR FREE. Look on the DPL website for e-books and you will see "thanks to the Friends" at the bottom of the page.

Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon


  • Annual contributions to district-wide Library Materials Budget (including electronic, print, audio, etc.) was $25,000 for 2016.
  • Support for Youth Initiatives ($10,000 for 2016): Includes Early Learning Centers for both Downtown and East Bend Branches, and funding for the Annual Summer Reading Program (supplies and prizes for Children, Teen and Adult readers).
  • Annual Sponsorship of the DPL Foundation's Novel Idea Community Read Program ($5,000 for 2016).
  • Annual Holiday Tree displays, "Mitten Tree" collection and donation to charity, plus recognition and support for Library Staff (both branches) and FOBL volunteers.
  • Purchase monthly Book Page magazine subscription, providing enough free copies for visitors to both Downtown and East Branches (since 2011).
These goals were met due to the volunteer labor of our membership, working on many fundraising events. Their efforts are very much appreciated!

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