The Friends of the Temple Terrace Library (or "the Friends" as it is commonly known) was formed in 1962 and became a Florida corporation with tax-exempt 501 (C)(3) status in 1997. Its purpose is to support the Library financially by raising funds through private efforts to secure equipment, furnishings, and materials that cannot be acquired within the constraints of the city budget. Over the past 36 years, many thousands of dollars have been raised to support the Library. An additional function of the Friends is to also promote the Library and its services within the community.
The members of the Friends organization pay an annual fee and further contribute their time by participation in fundraising activities. The Friends also wrote, published, and sell a book on the history of Temple Terrace.
When the library was expanded in 1998, the Friends were able to realize a long held dream of initiating a continuing fund raising activity through the opening of the Book Nook. The Book Nook is located in the lobby of the Temple Terrace Library. It is operated by Friends of the Temple Terrace Library, Inc volunteers, who are members of the Friends, and staff the Book Nook. They offer high-quality used books for sale at low prices. Books are donated to the Book Nook by people in the community.
Donations will once again be accepted beginning July 6, 2021. A drop-off box will be located in the lobby. Call (813) 506-6780 for more information.