The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library was founded in 1990 by a group of local citizens who wanted to support the library. A set of bylaws was drawn up, and in December 1990 the Friends applied for IRS 501(c)(3) status, which was granted in 1992.
In 1995 the Friends’ fundraising helped the library acquire information technology services, including links to other Vermont libraries and the purchase of circulation terminals for the staff and public online access terminals.
In 2007 the Friends’ support allowed the library to start presenting the Vermont Humanities Council “First Wednesdays” public lecture series.
The Friends’ traditional fundraisers have been book sales, concerts, raffles, games, special lectures, screenings, and auctions. These events are usually held at the library, although the Friends have also rented space at the American Legion, the Latchis Theater, and the First Baptist Church.