Get Involved


There are a number of ways to get involved with your local Kent District Library. From groups that meet regularly, to short-term help, KDL has a volunteer opportunity for you!  Select a group below or scroll down the page for details.

Friends of the Library

Most branches of the Kent District Library have organized Friends of the Library groups. Friends are a valuable part of library service. Activities of the Friends vary from branch to branch, but all are important to the quality of service KDL provides. Friends are a source of information about the needs and wants of the community as well as providers of programs and financial support.

Some activities undertaken by Friends groups in the past years include:

  • Used books sales
  • Volunteer and staff recognition
  • Author events
  • Book mending 
  • Book discussions
  • Special programs
  • Ice cream socials
  • Luncheons with authors

Whatever your interests or talents, there is a place for you in the Friends of the Library.

Currently, the following branches have Friends groups:

  • Gaines Township
  • Grandville
  • Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 
  • Krause Memorial (Rockford)
  • Nelson Township / Sand Lake

Please contact your local branch for further information about the Friends.


Alliance of Friends

The Alliance of Friends is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support system-wide goals of the Kent District Library and to strengthen and expand available library services and programs.

The Alliance of Friends was formed in 1999. It is composed of an eight-member board of directors with representatives from each of the Friends of the Library groups of the 18 branches of the Kent District Library.

The Alliance of Friends conducts fundraising activities, writes grants, and solicits donations to fund special projects for all branches of the Kent District Library. In the past, the Alliance has funded Science Safari Centers at all 18 branches, underwritten the "Let It Snow Reading Club" and provided funds for reading incentives for KDL's Teen Summer Reading Raffle.

The Alliance also serves as a clearing house for information on the activities of the local Friends of the Library groups, provides training for Friends members, and holds an annual "All-Friends Linking" workshop.


General Volunteers

Volunteers are individuals who provide special, unusual or supplemental services for KDL libraries without wages or benefits, and do not take the place of paid staff.

  • Volunteer applicants need to complete a volunteer application form and be age 11 or older.
  • Volunteers under 18 years of age must have written permission from a parent or guardian to volunteer for the library.
  • Volunteers will be accepted if there is a suitable job match after skills, interests, location, schedule and transportation are considered.

Please contact your local branch or call 616-784-2007 for more information.