Friends advocacy efforts are critical to ensuring a first-class public library system for San Francisco.

—Glen Ramiskey, Friend of the SFPL

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. 

Library Defenders


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.