Advocate for Libraries!
Since 1961, Friends has advocated for the San Francisco Public Library at the local, state and national levels. From City Hall to Washington DC, we work to raise awareness of the substantial value of today’s public libraries.
Save California Library Funding
Governor Brown, for the second year in a row, proposed a budget that eliminates ALL state library funding.
This decision jeopardizes $16 million in federal library funding that requires a state match, the California Library Services Act—the state literacy program and the Public Library Foundation. LIBRARIES NEED YOU! Write a letter to the CA Budget Committee and tell them to restore state funding!
Show your support for your library and write or call the Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees
and tell them to restore the $15.2 million in State funding
in order to prevent the loss of $16 million in Federal funding and the elimination of all State funding for programs that ensure equitable access to library resources for all California residents.
It is imperative that the Budget Subcommittee be reminded just how significant this funding is for the future of California public libraries prior to the hearing on April 19th.
If you have never written a letter to the legislature, now is the time!Click here for more information and a sample letter.
Over the past 20 years, our Advocacy efforts have helped secured stable funding for the San Francisco Public Library well for generations to come. Some of our accomplishments include:
- Benefit Study (2008)—In addition to ballot measures,
Friends commissioned a study that outlines the economic benefit of the
SFPL. To read more about the study, click here.
- Proposition D (2007)—Renewing the Library Preservation Fund
Prop D asked voters to renew the Library Preservation Fund, which was due to expire in 2008-2009. Passed overwhelmingly in 1994, the Library Preservation Fund created an essential and stable funding source for the library system and enabled the library to increase operating hours by 53% and expanded the budget for books and materials by almost 400%. In addition, Prop D grants the City the authority to issue revenue bonds to ensure that the Branch Library Improvement Program can continue to renovate San Francisco’s neighborhood libraries.
- Proposition A (2000)—Branch Library Improvement Program
A $106 million bond measure to build and refurbish 24 neighborhood branch libraries city-wide. Public bonds do not pay for equipment or furnishings inside the branches and so to meet this need, Friends’ Neighborhood Library Campaign is filling this gap by raising the funds to equip and furnish our libraries.
For more information on Friends history and past advocacy efforts, click here.