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Mission Statement

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. Recently, the Friends provided funds to begin a cultural communities outreach program based at the Beacon Hill branch library that we hope will be developed at other neighborhood libraries. The Friends serve the wider community through our biannual book sales that make available to the public thousands of books, as well as art and music goods, at exceptionally low prices. The book sales are a cultural institution in Seattle and are the preeminent means by which the Friends raise funds for services. Beginning in May 2004, the Friends will also host visitors and patrons at Seattle's spectacular new downtown Central Library. We will welcome out-of-town guests and community residents from our gift shop located inside the Library.


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by Kathryn B. (2015-03-11 12:04:13.0)
I love volunteering at FoSPL. There are so many things to help with - book sorting, setting up book sales, selling books online, improving social media - that I can't help but come here several times a week. To top it off, the other volunteers are regulars and have a great time together.