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Welcome to the Friends:

The Friends of The Villages Library, Inc. (FOVL) is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) & Florida NOT-FOR-PROFIT Corporation. The FOVL is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with nearly 170 Volunteers at the Belvedere & Pinellas Branches of The Villages Public Library.  The Sumter County Library donates slow moving media to the FOVL.  Volunteers sort new donations from the Library, as well as the Public, and display the Books, CDs, DVDs, etc. in our Bookrooms for sale to the Public.  Overstock Sales are held to liquidate older Fiction and Nonfiction.  Unsold donations are often re-donated to local schools and other nonprofit organizations.  Damaged media is destroyed, according to Sumter County Library policy.


Since 2003, the FOVL has returned over $750,000 to the Community:

  • The Villages Public Library Programs, Media & Technology

  • Literacy Projects at Local Elementary, Middle & High Schools

  • College & Vo/Tech Grants to Graduating Seniors

  • and much, much, more. . . .


How can you help?

  • Donate BOOKs, CDs & DVDs

  • Become an FOVL Member

  • Purchase from a Bookroom

  • Volunteer with the FOVL

Our Goals

Promoting the Library & Literacy within

Sumter County Florida.  Recycling your

well loved BOOKS, CDs & DVDs

and funding Literacy from the proceeds. 

We find new homes for your old friends. 

Our History

The FOVL began nearly two decades ago when a Saddlebrook Recreation Center club decided to start a lending library.  Then they lobbied the Developer and Sumter County to build the Belvedere Branch of The Villages Public Library in 2005 and the Pinellas Plaza Branch in 2011.  Both Branches continue to grow their Collections and Patronage.

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