Who We Are

The Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) has been a mainstay in the Minnesota library community since 1979. We are a Saint Paul- based private foundation, but truly statewide in scope and impact. MALF’s raison d'être is to connect the many and diverse Friends of the Library organizations located in Minnesota – both to one another, and to a wide array of resources supporting their advocacy and fundraising efforts.

Our internal programming, grants and awards are all geared towards this end.

We are particularly proud to be an ongoing, premier- level sponsor of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) conference, during which we host a “Friends of the Library track.” Among state library associations, such a strong Friends conference presence is the exception, rather than the rule. Moreover, MALF brings educational programming to you each fall, in the form of interactive workshops keynoted by national caliber speakers. Workshops hit different metro and Greater Minnesota communities each year.

New to our website?

  • Visit our Grants & Awards page to become oriented with the ever-evolving slate of monetary prizes and commendation opportunities that MALF offers to Friends.
  • Visit our blog for a curated digest of Friends- specific news and tips. You’re guaranteed to come away with a new perspective or replicable idea.

Want to get involved?

  • MALF is a board-driven nonprofit. As such, we are reliant on the time and talents of Friends of the Library like you to keep our network and service portfolio strong. Our Nominating Committee would love to hear from you. Send inquiries (and resume, if available) to info@mnlibraryfriends.org.
  • Our annual workshop series routinely garner high participation and national attention. However, MALF’s success is predicated on the spirited partnership of local Friends groups who can co-host this educational programming. Do you have a suitable space, and a desire to have a positive “ripple effect” impact on your region’s libraries and Friends? We want to hear from you! Contact our Programming Committee atinfo@mnlibraryfriends.org.


Learn more about us by downloading our one-page backgrounder, MALF at a Glance (rev. 3-27-19).



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