About The Friends of Balmain Library

Friends of Balmain Library is a member supported non-profit organisation which supports and extends the services of Balmain Library.

Founded in 1998, FOBL  supports, fundraises, extends and promotes the service of Balmain Library, advocating the cause of the library at all levels of government.

We provide the community with opportunities to invest in the success of the library by donating funds or becoming a member.

From our dedicated FOBL committee, our enthusiastic members, our generous donor base, to the many people who benefit from the initiatives we facilitate and support, we are a community who share a common vision of an outstanding public library accessible by all.

FOBL’s regular evening and lunchtime speaker events represent our main fund raising activity………see WHAT’S ON Page for upcoming gatherings.


Authors and Journalists
Keith Austin, Jeannie Baker, Paul Byrnes, Geraldine Brooks, Richard Cashman, Cathy Cole,  Jennifer Cooke, John Doyle, Stephanie Dowrick, Ros Dunlop, Irina Dunn, Anna Fienberg, Susannah Fullerton, Margaret Fulton, Kate Gibbs, Richard Glover, Kate Grenville, Maggie Hamilton, Ian Hemphill (Herbie’s), Deb Hunt, Thomas Keneally, Karl Kruszelnicki, Peter Luck, Duncan MacAuslan, Paola Marmini, David Marr, Kate McClymont, Siobhan McHugh, Anne McLeod, Patti Miller, Professor Munjed Al Muderis, Mara Moustafine, Sue Murray, Bruce Petty, Alison Pressley, Lisa Pryor, George Richards, Tony Stephens, Mary Shelley-Clarke, Sue Spencer, Margaret Throsby, Mariella Totaro Genevois, Kristin Tsalapatini, Nadia Wheatley, Evan Williams, Susan Wyndham, Nicoletta Zanard

ABC Executive – Glenn Hamilton
Actors – Jonathan Biggins, Bryan Brown, Bruce Spence, Rachel Ward
Academics – Jane Gavan, Paula Hamilton, Nerida Newbigin, Vivienne Nicoll-Hatton, Martin Krygier, Bruce Storey, Steve  Rayner
Activists – Shirley Allen, Meredith Burgmann, Fergus Fricke, Hall Greenland, Dorothy McRae- McMahon, Jack Mundey, John Stamolis, Tom Uren, Jane Ward
Architect and Urban Designers – Nicola Balch, Phillip Coxall, Andrew Andersons
Film Maker – Curtis Levy
Librarians – Alex Byrne, Daniel Ferguson
Literary Agent – Lyn Tranter

2017-18 FOBL Committee

Chair: Fiona Mitchell
Secretary: Shirley Allen
Treasurer: Kate Inglis-Clark
Membership Secretary: Jan Aitkin
Public Officer: Shirley Allen

General Committee:
Douglas Clark, Ian Ferguson, Bronwyn Monro, Vivienne Nicoll-Hatton, Susan Sharpe

FOBL Contact information

General inquiries: info@fobl.org.au
Open Book Group: openbookgroup@fobl.com
Membership: membership@fobl.org.au
FOBL postal address:
Friends of Balmain Library (FOBL)
PO Box 978,
Rozelle NSW 2039

Balmain Library Address & Opening Hours

370 Darling Street, Balmain NSW 2041
Ph: (02) 9367 9211

Library Opening Hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9.30am – 8pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

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