JOIN – Friends of Hot Springs Library

Friends of Hot Springs Library, or FHSL, is an all volunteer organization devoted to supporting the Hot Springs, North Carolina Library through fundraising, advocacy, author and educational events, building maintenance and community participation.  Some of us volunteer our time for library programs, events and maintenance. Some attend monthly meetings to plan upcoming and ongoing events and programs. Many of our Friends of Hot Springs Library contribute their support through yearly membership dues and donations.  We work together and do what we can to help keep our library a vibrant and lively part of the Hot Springs community.  We encourage you to join us in our efforts.

In 2018, Hot Springs Library and the Madison County Public Library System was named by Library Journal as The Best Small Library in America!  It is with continued, generous support from all our Friends that we were able to receive this great honor.  Take a look –

Best Rural Library 2018

We know that people like you join the Friends for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common reasons is that you want to help our Hot Springs Library to continue to be a vital, healthy, and welcoming community resource for all.  Some ways your FHSL Membership contributes to our library: Co-Sponsors the Children’s Summer Reading Program, provides supplies & labor to help keep the library a vital part of our community, helps purchase new technology equipment for patron use, supports children’s programming and tutoring, as well as adult literacy programs and author events for the children and adults of Hot Springs and surrounding communities, and supports the Hot Springs Library thru fundraising events like Birds for Books in the Spring and BBQ for Books in the Fall (see Events Page)

How To Join FHSL: Stop in the Hot Springs Library and ask a librarian for a membership form, fill out the info, leave it along with your membership dues with the librarian. Or, you can print this form, FHSL Membership Form, fill out the info and mail with your check to: P.O. Box 175. Hot Springs, NC 28743.

  •  Individual Memberships are $10/year
  • Family Memberships are $25/year
  • Lifetime Memberships are a one time cost of $150.  


By becoming a member of Friends of Hot Springs Library, you are eligible to become a member at the Local Government Federal Credit Union at the SECU (Marshall downtown, soon to be on the bypass), a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution owned by, and operated for the benefit of its member-owners.

Friends of Hot Springs Library meet on the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:00pm at the Hot Springs Library.  All are welcome to attend.  Visit the Madison County Library website for more information and a calendar of events for all 3 Madison County Library branches:


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Friends Of Hot Springs Library Partners with StoryCorps for Oral History Project


 Listen to Sweet, Personal Stories Rich in NC’s History with the Friends of Hot Springs Library Oral History Project and StoryCorps

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Check Out Our Amazing BBQ for Books Live Stream Event from October 2020

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 Watch it on Madison Natural Heritage Youtube Channel:

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Madison County Now Has Permanent Home for Hot Springs Library!

We have wonderful news to share with you.  At the end of June, the Friends of the Hot Springs Library was able to pay off the 5 year loan on the Hot Springs Library building at 170 Bridge Street. 

Our intention from the beginning of this quest, was to turn over the ownership of the building from Friends of Hot Springs Library to Madison County. The County has been paying down the loan these past 4 1/2 years by making the monthly mortgage payments, taking care of all maintenance and all staffing costs. FHSL was able to use our fundraising efforts to pay down the principal. 

Because of the cooperation between the Friends of Hot Springs Library and Madison County, and the incredible generosity of you, our amazing community,

We Were Able to Pay Off the Loan!!!!!

On Monday, August 12, 2021 we met at the Hot Springs Library to formally turn over the deed to our Madison County Commissioners. 

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Thank you for supporting the Friends of Hot Springs Library! Our NEW HOT SPRINGS LIBRARY has become a vital and well loved part of our Hot Springs community.   We now have a permanent home for our beloved library.  Thanks to you, we have achieved out goal of purchasing the building at 170 Bridge Street, Hot Springs, NC. 

Directly on the Appalachian Trial and in the middle of downtown Hot Springs, NC, our library helps to support our community, AT hikers and tourists alike.  We appreciate any and all donations to keep our library vibrant, efficient and working at 100%. We thank you all for supporting The Friends of Hot Springs Library.

 All Donations are Tax Deductible:  Friends of Hot Springs Library is a chapter of Madison County Friends of the Library, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Your entire donation is tax deductible. We so much appreciate your generosity and your caring about our Library.

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