The Friends raise money each year through book sales and the Friendshop. The Public Library submits funding proposals (also known as Wish Lists) to the Friends which decides whether each project is appropriate.

The cost to operate volunteer-run booksales is under $100 for each event, so almost all the funds are put into projects.

This is a yearly summary of recent results and projects.

Year Total Raised Donations to GVPL
2019 $48,073 $17,000 Summer Reading Club
$10,000 E-books and audiobooks
$5,000 Indigenous authors collection
$13,000 Digital equipment for Esquimalt Branch
2018 $42,878 $10,000 Indigenous authors collection, in support of reconciliation
$5,000 digital lab for teens
$15,000 Summer Reading Club for children
$10,000 expansion of e-collections
2017 $42,271 $8,000 circulating kits in support of Truth & Reconciliation
$15,000 Summer Reading Club
$10,000 digital collections
$7,000 training in on-line security & web basics
2016 $31,658 $20,000 improved design of GVPL website
$10,000 Summer Reading Club for children
2015 $36,000 $10,000 furnishing small meeting spaces
$10,000 Summer Reading Club
$7,000 Vehicle wrap for outreach vehicle
$8,000 Set-up of phone notification system
$1,000 Lego collection

Sign acknowledging Friends of the Library