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The Friends of the Rye Public Library (a 501(c)3 organization) help educate our community about the needs of the library as well as its resources and facilities.   Your annual dues help the Friends provide this vital support, as our main source of revenue is our Annual Membership Drive.  Click here for our current membership form.

Please join us…

The Friends meet the second Tuesday of the month, 6:00pm at the Rye Public Library.

The Mission of the Friends of the Rye Public Library is to:

  • Promote the Library within the community
  • Enhance the Library’s resources and services
  • Provide programs that are designed to create interest in the Library
  • Act as a support group for the Library’s financial plans or for additional resources requested by the Library Director

Did you know that your library provides the following services?

* Museum passes (Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston Museum of Science,  Historic New England, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Strawbery Banke, and the Seacoast Science Center)
* Delivery service to homebound residents
* Weekly senior visits to the Library
* Weekly storytelling for children
* Summer reading programs
* Film series
* Art exhibits
* Computer classes
* Speaker series
* Youth and Adult book discussion groups
* Summer art lectures
* Military book discussion group
* Interlibrary loan services
* Meeting rooms
* Internet and WiFi access
* History and genealogy reference
* Notary services
* Concerts, and more…

Please renew your membership or become a new Friend!

Annual Memberships run from October 1 of the current year,  to September 30 of the following year.

Membership levels are as follows:
Seniors, $5
Individual, $10
Family, $25
Benefactor, $100
Literary Lion, $100+

Please make checks payable to the Friends of the Rye Public Library and send them to the Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Rd. Rye, NH“  03870

Friends honor past President Ann Malpass


Friends of RPL Logo Contest Winners Awarded


Need a new logo?“  It’s Elementary!


Friends of Rye Public Library Logo Contest Winner Honored

Read Portsmouth Herald coverage here


With their newly minted 501(c) 3 designation, The Friends of the Rye Public Library thought it was time to develop a logo for the organization.“  In discussing a designer for the project, Friends’ President Emeritus Becky Franz recognized an opportunity as close by as the Rye Elementary School.“  Already working cooperatively with the Rye Public Library through a library management system shared between the public, middle, and elementary school libraries, it was a natural to collaborate further.“  The concept has worked out tremendously well, with Rye Elementary School third grader Holly Galvin, the Friends’ logo winner, honored at an award ceremony and art show opening featuring all the entries.


Second grade students Michael Bell and Sebastian Tabit also received awards for their combined work to create a second logo to be used by the Rye Public Library.




Honorable mention was awarded to Evie Brousseau, Hayley Currier, Pheobe Luneau, Sophie Foley, Jemea White, and Margot Williamson. Special thanks to Rye Elementary School Art Teacher Cindy Bean for her help engaging her classes in the contest.“  Thanks to all the outstanding artists who contributed designs! See more photos at the Rye Public Library website: