What We Do...

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is a member-supported, nonprofit organization that fundraises, advocates and works with partners and volunteers to provide critical support for the San Francisco Public Library and the Bay Area Community.

We believe that libraries strengthen communities by providing free and equal access to information and technology for all and that better libraries are a nexus to stronger communities.

We lead community campaigns; our success resulted in the building of a new Main Library and stable funding for library hours and services through passage of the Library Preservation Fund. Friends also led the way for renovating and updating our neighborhood branch libraries, raising the funds necessary for the equipment and furniture in the newly renovated branches.

We fund diverse programs, resources and services beyond those supported by the city, thereby enriching and enhancing the public library system in San Francisco.

We nurture & engage a community of Library supporters through membership, volunteer opportunities, community partnerships, the recycling and sale of books, outreach, events and literary programs.

We support and provide the community with continuing opportunities in the success of the Library.

We advocate for a superior public library system in San Francisco. Our roots of activism and support date back to 1961 when the San Francisco Public Library System was underfunded and operating in aging facilities. 

We operate two bookstores in San Francisco, a Book Donation Center and the largest used book sales on the West Coast.