The Friends support the library by providing funds for expansions, renovations, furniture, equipment, new technology, programs for adults and children, library materials and other needs not allocated in the county budget.

A temporary Venice Public Library is now open at 260 N. Nokomis Ave. (in the former Hamilton Building).
Library Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


In 1962, a small group of Venice citizens, including author Walter Farley and his wife Rosemary, established the Friends of the Venice Public Library, Inc. The Friends determined to "foster the establishment and sound, long-range support of the most outstanding public library service possible for the Venice area". Within three years, the Friends had received contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations to fund the construction of a new library. The City of Venice provided the land and the County of Sarasota furnished operating expenses. The Venice Public Library opened to the public on October 4, 1965.

The Friends remain active in their support for the library in the roles of both library advocate and fundraiser. We help to fund expansions, capital improvements, equipment, furnishings, programs and materials.


The goal of our organization is to foster sound, long range support of the Venice Public Library’s goal to provide the most outstanding public library service for the Venice area. 

The Friends of the Venice Public Library, Inc. continues its rich history of active support to ensure outstanding library service for the community. As we move forward we will continue to work with County Commissioners and Library administration to ensure a superior public library for the Venice Area and its citizens.


The majority of the funding for the Sarasota County Public Library System is derived from public funding. The Friends advocacy efforts are intended to ensure adequate public funding exists to support a superior library system.

YES! In 2007, in order to cut costs, it was proposed that in addition to reduced hours, some libraries in Sarasota County would also lose days of operation. It was through advocacy that extreme
cuts, were avoided. In April of 2009, the Florida State Legislature proposed “0” funding in state aid to public libraries. It was through the efforts of Friends groups like ours throughout the state of Florida that this aid was restored.

Each year the County Commissioners determine the library’s operating budget, help us to inform the Board of County Commissions, and our State officials of the value of your local library. Lend your voice to our efforts. It can be as simple as making a phone call and telling our officials how much you appreciate the library. Others can write a letter or email to our representatives explaining how important it is to maintain funding for public libraries. And remember while election years are important, these officials need to hear from us year-round.

The Friends primary advocacy goal is to expand public funding to support the Venice Public Library and the Sarasota County Library System. Please help us as we work with our elected officials in pursuit of this essential goal.


There are many volunteer positions available in all Sarasota County Libraries. Inquire about possible openings.
→ Friends Bookstores: Clerk, Shelving, Homebound Delivery, Book Appraisal, Book Donation Transport Circulation: Technology Assistants, Check In, Book Repair, Shelvers, Processing, Reserves
→ Reference: Shelvers, Filers, Book Display, Periodicals, Patron Assistance, Genealogy
→ Youth: Shelvers, Story Time Assistance, Crafts, Afterschool Volunteers, Greeters

You can apply online at home or at the library.



Your membership in Friends of the Venice Public Library, Inc. supports our mission and the Venice Public Library. 

Annual memberships run from January 1 to December 31. 

Individual - $15
Family - $20
Business - $50
Sponsor - $21 - $199
Patron - $200 - $499
Benefactor - $500 or more

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Books honor the memory of loved ones and serve as living tributes that continue their influence in the community. Select a subject area that best expresses the interests of the person you wish to honor. Your gift will include a commemorative bookplate placed in it indicating the name of the person honored. The individual or family will be notified of your thoughtful gesture with a letter from the library.

The average cost of library materials is $25. This is the minimum suggested donation. The donation is tax deductible. PLEASE USE THIS FORM
All donations should be mailed to:
The Friends of the Venice Public Library, Inc
257 N. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34285

Leave a legacy with your gift, memorial or bequest to the Friends of the Venice Public Library: 
Cash, Securities, Life Insurance Real Estate, Charitable Gift Annuity Retirement Plan Assets Will, Bequest or Trust 

Please consult a professional advisor to learn which giving option is right for you.


The Homebound Outreach Program
Many book lovers in our community are no longer able to attend the library due to illness or physical limitations. The Homebound Outreach program provides an opportunity for these patrons to continue reading and learning. Library books, large print materials, or Audiobooks may be requested by phone, checked out to the patron's library card and delivered to their home by volunteers.
Contact the Friends at admin@venicefriends.org for more details about the Homebound Outreach Program. 


The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Venice Public Library will be October 30th at 9:00 a.m. at  300 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, Florida 34285

Support the Friends while you shop!
Up to 15% of your purchase benefits the Friends of the Venice Library.