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Friends of the SFPL

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Board Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


710 Van Ness AveSF, CA 94102 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To strengthen, support and advocate for a superior free public library system in San Francisco.


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.


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by Lucia W. (September 21, 2013)
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is a really great place to volunteer, especially if you are a book lover. This organization has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, many of which have very flexible time frames. I have volunteered at the big book sales (happen twice a year at Fort Mason), at weekly $1 book sales (at the main library), and at the Book Donation Center on Treat Avenue. The big book sales are fun because there is so much going on and there is lots to do: putting out books and tidying the tables, directing shoppers, working as a cashier, and more. A great gig for someone who likes lively crowds. Working at the book donation center is really fun too. The staff is really nice and they do a great job introducing volunteers to the book sorting system and making us feel welcome and appreciated. This is the perfect opportunity for folks with a passion for order and organization. I am a regular volunteer, it is lots of fun and we always need more help.

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