About us

Celebrating the Friends’ 40th anniversary in 2016.  From left, Friends President Dennis Cherry, Historian Louise Forshaw, Treasurer Bonnie Poloner, and Vice President Sue Fletcher.

The Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization. Membership is open to all persons interested in the improvement and growth of library services in Las Cruces and Dona Ana County. We strive to support the library with funding, advocacy, services, and materials. You may email us at:  TBMLFriends (at sign) gmail (dot) com.

History of the Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

We began in 1976. Our membership is now over 200. The first project we participated in was a new library building for Las Cruces. Ground breaking on the 28,000 square foot building was November 18, 1978. An additional 8,763 square feet on the second floor was opened in November 1991.

In June 1984 we received the FOLUSA (Friends of Libraries U.S.A.) awarded as the outstanding small public library Friends organization.

Today the Friends contribute to the Library in many ways, including regular book sales on behalf of the Library, sponsorship of the Library Authors Series and Book Reviews, and other special projects.

Friends of the Library’s Objectives

  • Focusing public attention on the Branigan Memorial Library.
  • Encouraging use of the Library’s resources and services.
  • Add to and improve the Library’s collections.
  • Aid in providing improved Library facilities.

 Constitution & Bylaws

All members of the Friends of TBML vote on the constitution and bylaws at our annual meeting. We approved revisions to our constitution and bylaws in September 2022.

Please click here to read the recently approved bylaws. 

Please click here to read the recently approved constitution. 

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