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The Friends of the Seattle Public Library is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting our Library as an essential institution of society. Our volunteer members advocate, educate, and raise funds on behalf of the Library, its patrons, and the larger Seattle community.
The Friends believe that public libraries are essential to our society. Public libraries, like public schools, are part of the bedrock that supports American communities. They inform and educate, they encourage the exploration and discussion of ideas, and they bring together people from all walks of life. The Friends are involved in these core activities: The Friends support the Library as it strives to provide outstanding library services to Seattle-area residents. We promote awareness of the Library in the community and encourage use of Library services in our neighborhoods. The Friends conduct advocacy efforts on behalf of the Library, as well as fund special Library programs and services. We keep city officials informed of Library needs and were instrumental in ensuring the passage of a major library bond issue that today is transforming our Library system.