Friends of the Library

 The Friends Organization

Join South San Francisco Friends of the Library and help support children’s programming, adult literacy tutoring, summer learning and many other library programs and collections:

  • Promotes community support and use of the library
  • Informs members about issues affecting the library
  • Raises funds for supplemental materials and equipment
  • Sponsors special events and programs
  • Supports literacy projects

Join the Friends

Join the Friends of the Library by filling out a membership application. For questions about the Friends, visit the library in person, e-mail or call (650) 829-3860. 

Meeting Schedule

The Friends of the Library meets the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October at 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium, 840 West Orange Avenue.

Our 2017 schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 10, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, April 11, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, July 11, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, October 10, 6 pm
View the most recent minutes or view all Friends minutes.

Material Donations

The Friends is pleased to accept donations of current bestsellers and paperbacks, DVDs and books on CD. In addition, the library seeks donations of materials related to South San Francisco history, such as school yearbooks, for inclusion in the History Collection. While some items are added to the collection, most donations go to the Friends of the Library book sales.

Thoughtful donations to the library are appreciated. The Friends does not accept:

  • Book that smell musty
  • Torn, damp, mildewed, pencil marked, highlighted or otherwise damaged books
  • Textbooks, computer books or manuals more than three years old
  • VHS or cassette tapes
  • Reader's Digest Condensed books or magazines
  • Encyclopedias 
  • Newspapers, coupons, calendars, notebooks or catalogs
  • Magazines (including National Geographic) older than three months
All donations must be brought into the Main Library: the Friends does not accept donations left outside the library or placed in the book return. Due to staffing and storage limitations, we ask you to donate no more than two small or medium sized boxes per visit. Donations are not accepted at the Grand Library.

We reserve the right to refuse gifts (monetary or material) upon which restrictions are placed. For information on donating special items, please call (650) 829-3860.

Shop at Friends of the Library Book Sales


The Main Library has a daily book sale to raise funds for library programs and services, in addition to two large, yearly sales in the spring and fall. All book sales take place at the Main Library.
  
Funds raised by the Friends of the Library are used to support of library programs and services:

  • Books on CD and E-Books
  • Membership in Discover & GO
  • Online Book Club
  • Tumble books for children
  • Summer Learning Challenge
We welcome questions about our work on behalf of the South San Francisco Public Library. Please visit the library, call (650) 829-3860 or e-mail for more information.

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