Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is a member-supported nonprofit organization that advocates, fundraises, and provides critical support for the San Francisco Public Library and related literary and educational programs. We provide the community with opportunities to invest in the success of the Library as well as literary and education communities by donating funds or by donating time through volunteering. We raise money and we raise our voices to ensure a first-class public library for San Francisco.
From our dedicated staff to our committed Board of Directors, from our enthusiastic members to our extraordinary volunteers, from our generous donor base to the thousands of people who benefit from the programs we provide and support, we are what our name implies: a collection of committed, caring individuals who share a common vision of a superior free public library accessible by all.
OUR MISSION is to strengthen, support and advocate for a superior free 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 that did not adequately serve 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 enrichening and enhancing the public library system in San Francisco.
WE NURTURE AND 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.
Become a Friend today and support our efforts to ensure continuing innovation and excellence at the San Francisco Public Library!
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