The Board of Trustees of the Chatham Area Public Library District looks upon the establishment of the Friends of the Chatham Area Public Library District as a worthwhile community endeavor which greatly benefits the library. It was founded in 1986.
The Friends of the Library is an organization separate and apart from the Chatham Area Public Library and that the Friends of the Library has its own Board and its own goals and purposes.
Because Friends of the Chatham Area Public Library District is an organization comprised solely of volunteers distinct and separate from Library personnel, no Library personnel shall perform any duty or take any act on behalf of the Friends of the Library, except library staff members may act in an advisory capacity for Friends activities.
Friends funds and Library funds shall not be commingled or integrated, except that gifts from Friends may be accepted by the Library. Monetary gifts shall become solely the funds of the Library but shall be expended for the purpose specified by the Friends.