Open for Business

The Friends Bookshop, located on the lower level of the Troy Public Library, has been open for business since mid August 2021. We have had a wonderful time seeing old customers and meeting some new ones. Please pass the word to all your friends and family that we are open. Our hours of operation are Saturday’s from 10 am – 1pm and Sunday’s from 1 pm -4 pm.

For the months of October, we are having a special sale! All library discards are 1/2 off! This is the perfect opportunity to try out some new authors or reread an old favorite.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Friends Book Shop to Reopen August 14, 2021

The Library has reopened and the Friends have been given the “green light” to resume business. On Saturday, August 14, 2021 the Friends Book Shop located on the lower level of the Troy Public Library will re-open. Our hours are: Saturdays from 10am-1pm and Sunday from 1pm -4pm.

The Friends Shop (locate in the library lobby) is dependent on the availability of volunteers to serve as cashiers and will be open intermittently during normal library hours when volunteers are available.

We are also happy to report that we will once again be accepting donations beginning in August 2 with the following new procedures.

Large donations (3 boxes or more) will be accepted by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through the Troy Public Library calendar.

Smaller donations (2 boxes or less) may be dropped in the lobby donation box during regular library hours with the following guidelines:

1. Materials donations must be securely bagged or boxed before being placed in the donation bin.

2. Donations should be in good condition and mold, smoke, and bug free.

3. Keep in mind that we do not accept encyclopedias, audio/VHS cassettes, or time sensitive materials older than 1 year.

Please see the Donate to the Friends page for more information.

Donate to the Friends

Comic-style bookshelf

You may make a memorial or general donation to support Troy Public Library programs and everything else The Friends of the Troy Public Library provides to the community through our online or printable Donation Form.

Donate Materials to the Friends!

We accept your gently used materials in good condition for resale, and all proceeds are given back to the Troy Public Library for programs and other enhancements. Our Donations Area is in the Main Lobby (2 boxes or less). Material donations must be securely bagged or boxed before being placed in the donation bin.

Large donations (3 boxes or more) will be accepted by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through the Troy Public Library calendar.

For questions regarding donations, please call Main Circulation Desk: 248-524-3538.

All donations are tax deductible within the limits of the law (please check with your tax advisor for specific details).

Please follow these guidelines when donating books, games, puzzles, and AV materials (Blu Ray’s, DVD’s, CD-ROMs, audio books, etc.):

  • We only accept items that are smoke, mold, and bug free – we cannot take anything that has been previously wet or underwater
  • All items should be free of tears, dents, writing, or other damage
  • We do accept rare and collectible books and materials
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept the following:
    • encyclopedias
    • cassette tapes
    • time sensitive magazines/periodicals one year prior to the current year
    • medical/computer books older than five years
    • business books older than ten years
    • textbooks older than ten years

Board of Directors table with Team sign

Donate Your Time to the Friends!

We can never have too many Friends helping in our organization!  For as little as a few hours a month, you can join one of the most vibrant, dedicated, and fun-loving volunteer groups in Troy. We welcome volunteers of all ages and have many opportunities helping sort donations, cashiering in our Book Shop and Friends Shop, joining our Board, or sitting on a committee.

You may sign-up to volunteer with the Friends at our Volunteer Application.

Donate Financially to the Friends!

We gratefully accept monetary donations in the form of a membership, memorial donation, and/or general donations. 

You may become a member of the Friends using our Membership Application.

You may make a memorial or general donation to support Troy Public Library programs and everything else The Friends of the Troy Public Library provides to the community through our online or printable Donation Form.

Additionally, you may designate the Friends of the Troy Public Library as a beneficiary in your estate. Planned giving to the Friends of the Troy Public Library leaves a legacy of programming and enrichment for the entire Troy Public Library community. If this is your desire, please check with your estate planning professional.

Our lower level Book Shop is re-opened!

The Friends have been given the “green light” to reopen! We welcome you back!

We re-opened August 14, 2021!


The Friends operate two unique shops right in the Troy Public Library!

Watch this video for a comprehensive overview of our operations from Board Member Lou Wassel (click here!). 

Friends Book Shop   Saturdays 10AM-1PM and Sundays 1-4PM

Located on the lower level of the Troy Public Library, the Book Shop is open every weekend. You’ll find thousands of items in various categories, from our youngest readers to adult-aged book lovers. Organized by subject, we carry a large variety of fiction in hardcover, trade paperback, and pocket paperback sizes, as well as audio fiction.  Our non-fiction subjects span every interest, and we have a large selection of audio-visual materials, including CD’s and DVD’s.

Most items are priced at $1.00 or less and are hand-selected by our hard-working volunteers to provide you the highest quality materials.

Friends Gift Shop: Hours for our Lobby Friends Gift shop will vary depending on the availability of volunteers to work.

Located in the library lobby, across from the Circulation Desk, the Gift Shop has a great selection of unique gift items for adults, teens and children, including:

  • Jewelry
  • Fashion accessories
  • Greeting cards, stationery and gift bags
  • School and office supplies
  • Toys and games
  • Decorative home decor
  • “Emergency” items like batteries, umbrellas, sewing kits, ear buds and reading glasses

For your convenience, the Friends Shop also carries a limited selection of used books, music CDs and movies on Blu Ray and DVD’s.  Proceeds from both of our shops support all the  programming and various  library enhancements.

Volunteer with us! We always welcome volunteers to help us work in our shops. Shifts are flexible, and the library is a great place for high school students (16 years or older) to earn community service credit. Join us today!

Join Programs and Groups

The Friends promote and support the Troy Public Library, and we have done so for over fifty years!  That means we provide the funding for the programming and enhancements at the library. Every time you attend a program or presentation for youth or adults, or use materials and enhancements (like the meeting room or lobby furniture!), we’ve provided the funding to make that possible!

There is always something going on at the Troy Public Library. Check out the TPL calendar for events and programs; these are planned and executed by the talented and dedicated librarians and staff.  They include the following:

  • Summer reading clubs for youth, teens, and adults
  • Book clubs on a range of topics
  • Computer classes
  • Lap-sits and craft programs in the newly remodeled Youth Services room
  • Author and book signings
  • High school study groups
  • Special speakers on history, psychology, couponing, sports and more!

Looking to connect with others who share your interest? How about joining one of the specialized groups below?


Teens Studying