Who We Are

Friends of Libraries and Literacy, Rio Rancho, Inc. is a New Mexico non-profit 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization established in 1983 that funds libraries and adult, youth and children’s literacy programs. The Friends raise money through the sale of community-donated books, recent magazines, jigsaw puzzles, CDs and DVDs/Blu-rays.

The Friends were previously known as Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho. However, when the City of Rio Rancho unilaterally dissolved our 37-year-old partnership, we changed our name to Friends of Libraries and Literacy and expanded our mission to include “libraries and literacy in Rio Rancho and surrounding areas”.

New FriendShop

After a lot of hard work by dedicated volunteers, the shelves and carts are full of “Books and More” at the new FriendShop and it is open!

The new FriendShop is located in the Albertsons/Target center on route 528 in unit J/K that is around the corner from Papa John’s Pizza. Our address is 4300 Ridgecrest Drive, #J/K. Shop hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. The best thing about the new site is that it is large enough to have everything out every day, not just once a month.

To keep customers and volunteers safe during the pandemic, there is a NM Department of Health limit of 6 customers in the store at any time. When people are waiting to enter, there is a 30 minute limit on browsing. A sign-up sheet will be available to leave your name and cellphone number so you can be called when it’s time to enter the FriendShop.

Because the books are always out and not in storage, we are finally able to alphabetize paperback and hardback fiction by author. All the DVDs / Blu-Rays have been alphabetized by title. CDs are arranged in to classical and pop/rock in easy-to-see flip racks. As usual, non-fiction is arranged by topic but with more space there are more precise topics. Charlie’s Corner has children’s and tween/teen books. We’ve added an extensive fantasy/science fiction section.

Book and Media Donations

Now that the new FriendShop is open, donations of gently-used books, recent magazines, jigsaw puzzles, CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays can be dropped off at the shop without an appointment during business hours (10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday through Saturday).

To schedule a donation pickup, send an email to [email protected] . Please include your name and, if you would like a call back, a phone number. A volunteer will call or email to set up a time to pick up your donation. Tax receipt forms are available.

Thank you for your support during this difficult year and through all the changes. We look forward to seeing you at the new FriendShop.

Amazon Smile

The Friends participate in the Amazon Smile program. Same prices and items, but 0.5% of what everyone spends is sent to the Friends quarterly. When buying from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. You will be asked what charity you want to support, or you can click on this link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/85-0307889 to automatically select the Friends. It’s fast and easy; a painless way to support the Friends.

Scanner policy: Each customer may take up to 5 books at a time to be scanned in silent mode at a designated table. Unwanted books must be replaced in their proper areas before scanning another box of books. No ISBN scanners or cell-phone scanners may be used except at the designated table.

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