Friends of the Ellensburg Public Library and Hal Holmes Center

people sitting around tables in the Hal Holmes Center

About Us

We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing our City library and community center. 

The Friends Group

  • Maintains an association of persons interested in libraries and the arts
  • Raises funds for equipment and other needs of the Library and Hal Holmes Center
  • Sponsors culturally enriching community programs
  • Generates support for the Library and Hal Holmes Center


Please join us. The Friends monthly meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (except July) at 3:30 p.m. in Hal Holmes. Meetings open to all. 

Book Barn Used Book Sale

The Book Barn houses a collection of used books, CDs, DVDs, and jigsaw puzzles for sale, donated by community members and the Library. The sale is located in the Hal Holmes basement and is open every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. This sale is the Friends' primary fundraising source to support its mission. 

The Friends also have two major book sales upstairs in the Hal Holmes Auditorium each year. 

Book Club Tea

Each April the Friends sponsor a book club tea social with a speaker, fine desserts, and teas. The event is held the third Monday in April at the Hal Holmes Community Center from 7-9 p.m. This free event is open to all. Book Club reading lists


We are currently taking donations. We accept books, DVDs, and CDs that are current and clean, as well as puzzles. We do not accept VHS, textbooks, condensed books, or encyclopedias. To schedule dropping off large donations (1 box or more) please call 509-962-7252.

2022 Book Barn Dates

Please check our Facebook page for upcoming sales!

More information

Interested in joining the Friends or looking for more information? Click below for our brochure. 
Friends Of The Library Brochure.

Send us an email. We'd love to hear from you.

2018 Book Club Tea (1)

Did you know that the Friends completely fund all youth and adult library programs? Here are a few members helping at the Summer Reading Kick-Off party.

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