Your Passport to Enrichment: Welcome to the Library!

Dive into endless learning opportunities, from language courses to DIY crafts, powered by Handley Regional Library System. With free access to technology, culture, and entertainment, this is YOUR library, here to uplift and inspire.

About the Friends

Friends-Sponsored Events

Friends of Handley Regional Library System, a library support group, began in 1977 with informal groups of people who joined together to provide specific services for the library. Friends' volunteers staffed the children’s area and offer programs for young people and adults. In 1979 the Handley Library addition opened, providing a large and wonderful Children’s Room with a full-time children’s librarian. The Friends continued to help in planning and producing a wide range of workshops and activities for children.

Today the Friends enrich all the services of the regional library system. The Friends organization serves an ever-expanding Handley Regional Library System, including Handley Library in Winchester, Bowman Library in Stephens City, and Clarke County Library in Berryville. Join the Friends in the following goals:

  • to support the Handley Regional Library System and assist its staff
  • to encourage reading and the use of the Library
  • to attract community resources to support programming
  • to involve the entire community in Library and Friends programs

Become a Friend/Renew Your Membership

As a member of Friends of Handley Regional Library System, you will receive our monthly newsletter (September-May) and invitations to special Friends events, like Book Sale Preview Night and the Annual Meeting. You will also receive 10% off purchases at our Library Shop at Handley Library and Second Glance at Bowman Library. Most importantly, as a Friend you will help support the Library.

To become a Friend of the Library or renew your current membership, click the "Join the Friends Here!" button below to pay with any credit card. 

$15 Individual

$25 Family

$50 Supporter

$100 Bibliophile

$250 Patron

$500 Benefactor

$1000 Lifetime Membership-never pay dues again!

Another way to join-you can print this form and fill it out. Then mail it with a check (made out to FHRLS) to Friends of Handley Regional Library System, P.O. Box 4, Winchester, VA 22604 or bring it to the Circulation Desk at any library branch. For more information contact Gina at or call (540) 662-9041, ext. 32.