Support the Library

East Central Regional Library’s mission statement is to strengthen communities by connecting people with resources, spaces, and educational experiences that enrich and empower their lives. Every one of the 80 employees and countless volunteers who bring library service in our 14 branches and 8 outreach sites are committed to this mission.

You can help support ECRL by donating money, books, and time.


Donate Money

Your gift to ECRL helps us serve the community above and beyond what tax-based funding provides. Thanks to donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations, we can provide more and better resources and collections for all ages.

For additional information, view ECRL’s Gifts/Donation Policy.


Donate Books

A great way to support your library and clean-up your home bookshelves is to donate your used books and other materials.  Staff will determine if the material will be added to the shared library collection, recycled, or sold in a book sale to benefit the library. Friends of the Library volunteer groups have been established in many ECRL locations, which operate book sales either on an ongoing or occasional basis.  Proceeds from the sales help sponsor projects and activities not covered by ECRL’s operating budget.

For inquiries about when book sales occur, please check the Events Calendar or contact your local branch.

For additional information, view ECRL’s Gifts/Donation Policy.


Donate Time

Volunteers are important partners in the ECRL’s mission to strengthen our communities. ECRL is proud of its talented and diverse group of volunteers who currently donate their time. We recommend that you contact the Branch Librarian at the branch where you’d like to volunteer. They can tell you what opportunities are currently available.

Download the Volunteer Application.


Friends Groups

Friends of the Library groups have been established at many ECRL locations. Their members are champions for strong libraries. Friends provide support at the grass-roots level by assisting library staff with projects and programming, raising funds, and advocacy efforts. Please speak with staff at your local ECRL location to find out information about Friends activities.

Many of our Friends groups participate in Give to the Max Day from Give MN. Donate now at: givemn.org.