Friends of the Venice Public Library, Inc.

We are a nonprofit 501c3 organization with a mission to enhance our community of Venice, Florida through its library.

"Imagination can help you reach into the heavens to grasp an idea, bring it down to earth, and make it work."The Black Stallion author Walter Farley


HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


In 1962, a group of Venice citizens, including author Walter Farley and his wife, Rosemary, formed the Friends of the Venice Library to foster the establishment and long-range support of public library service in Venice. The Friends raised funds for construction, while the City of Venice provided the land and Sarasota County committed operating expenses, and our original Venice Public Library opened in 1965. The Friends have actively supported the library as advocates and fundraisers. We’ve helped fund expansions, capital improvements, equipment, furnishings, office materials, and educational public outreach programs for people of all ages.  

Today, the Friends have once again partnered with the county and the city so that a truly exceptional new library will be built.
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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.


For half a century, Venice Public Library has thrived as the heart of the Venice community. It is a place where literacy flourishes, where generations gather, and where children learn. Our library welcomes and serves every community member—residents and visitors, seniors and students, families and friends.

Soon, a new library will rise in the same location where the original building once stood. It will provide everything we loved for 50 years, and so much more. As technology, interests, and needs change, our library must be ready, adaptable, and accessible for all ages. Now is the time to ensure that no page is left unturned when it comes to realizing the potential of our future William H. Jervey, Jr. Venice Public Library.

Your gift will ensure the best possible facility for everyone, anticipate programs not yet imagined, and preserve Venice’s reading culture. 


Baila Miller with Friends of the Venice Public Library Board President Deborah Kostroun On Tuesday, December 12, 2017 the Friends of the Venice Public Library gathered for “American Storyteller:  Norman Rockwell” presented by frequent Venice Library speaker and Ringling College of Art and Design instructor Baila Miller. Following a delicious . . .

Campaign Launch Luncheon

EVENT FOLLOW UP A Campaign Launch Luncheon on November 17, 2017 Recently, the Friends of Venice Public Library celebrated the launch of our capital campaign with a luncheon featuring Dr. Janet Snyder Matthews, author of Venice: Journey from Horse and Chaise. Nearly 90 local dignitaries, sponsors, and friends joined us . . .


1 2 Friends President Deborah Kostroun, and Venice Public Library Manager Ann Hall, joined county and city dignitaries and partners for the ceremonial first turn of dirt for our new Venice Public Library! Area philanthropist and the new library namesake, Dr. William H. Jervey, Jr. was also a ceremony participant. (Photos . . .


Venice, Journey from Horse and Chaise (1985) marked the 25th anniversary of the Venice Public Library. The Friends commissioned Janet Snyder Matthews, author of Edge of Wilderness, a Settlement History of Manatee River and Sarasota Bay (1983) and Sarasota: Journey to Centennial (1985) to write it. Due to popular demand, . . .

Ursula K. Le Guin on the Sacredness of Public Libraries

“Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom.” – Ursula K. Le Guin   AN ARTICLE BY MARIA POPOVA “If librarians were honest,” Joseph Mills wrote in his delightful poem celebrating libraries, “they would say, No one spends time here without being changed…” For Thoreau, books themselves were . . .


Venice Resident Donates $1 Million for Venice Public Library Endowment Fund Post Date:10/10/2017 11:30 AM  – SARASOTA COUNTY NEWS & INFORMATION Sarasota County, along with the Library Foundation of Sarasota County, are excited to announce that a $1 million donation has been made to support the new Venice Public Library, . . .


WHAT IS LIBRARY ADVOCACY? 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. DOES ADVOCACY MAKE A DIFFERENCE? YES! In 2007, in order to cut costs, it was . . .



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

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