The Friends of the Truro Library, or FOTL, as the Friends are familiarly called, was founded in the 1950s at a time when Truro was still a very small rural community. The two Truro libraries (Cobb Memorial Library in Truro Center and Pilgrim Memorial Library in North Truro) had just become part of the Massachusetts Library System. The library budget was minimal, and many improvements were needed. One of the first gifts made by FOTL to the library was telephones. Now more than 50 years later, FOTL continues to provide discretionary funding and advocacy for the library.
As enthusiastic advocates for the Truro Public Library, FOTL sponsors monthly programs on a variety of topics, with the objective of bringing people together for social interaction and learning. Everyone is welcome. One of FOTL's primary responsibilities is to support the decisions of the Board of Library Trustees. FOTL serves as an important link between the library and the community. The organization often uses its influence to help the library obtain financial support or to work actively for legislation that would be beneficial to the library.
FOTL provides funding for special projects, items and programs that are not covered by the library budget. Fund raising is coordinated with the Library Director and with the support of the Board of Library Trustees. The Annual "Gigantic Booksale" takes place in early August, with another two-day booksale that takes place in the early Autumn during Truro Treasures Weekend. 'Books Down Under', FOTL's used book store, is located on the lower level of the library and sells books which have been donated to the Friends. FOTL also sells other specialty items, such as tote bags, t-shirts and custom pottery, and is always on the alert for fund raising ideas.