The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Trustees encourages the organization of community groups whose primary objectives are to support the branch libraries and to encourage greater use of the library and its services in the community. Such groups shall be known as Friends of the Library.

The role of the Friends is a support group, rather than a policy-making body. Friends may raise money through book sales, sponsorship of special events or other means endorsed by the Board of Trustees and/or the Library Director.

Each branch library location may be associated with a Friends of the Library group.