In January 1956, Springfield's only library service was an outdated bookmobile that served the rural community. It is no coincidence that January, 1956 is also the date the Friends of the Richard Byrd Library was founded. This group raised $6,400 to cover rent, utilities and maintenance for a period of one year, as well as shelving, chairs, bamboo curtains and a librarian's desk.
By December 1957, just a year and a half after the Friends united, Springfield was ready to assume its financial obligations for the library branch. A lease was signed for space on Backlick Road. The present building was dedicated in 1965. The Friends of the Richard Byrd Library continue to be active in the Springfield community after 48 years.
To become a Friend of Richard Byrd Library, please complete this online form.
The Friends of Richard Byrd Library are dedicated to making the library and its services known to all segments of the community and to encourage the branch's use as a cultural and community center.
The Friends of Richard Byrd Library underwrite programs of general interest to the community including children’s programming such as Reading Buddies, Hidden Pond Monday, Summer Reading Program performers and other special performers during the year.
The Friends of Richard Byrd Library sponsor an ongoing book sale and two huge sales—the Thursday-Saturday after Thanksgiving and the Thursday-Saturday after Memorial Day. We accept donations of books in good condition. We cannot accept magazines. We are happy to give you a receipt for your donation.
President: Judy Perry