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
  • Sponsors special events and provides program funding
  • Raises funds for supplemental materials and equipment
  • Supports literacy projects, funding and advocacy

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.

2017 Friends of the Library Board Members


  • Eleanor Breite, President
  • Pat Fitzpatrick, Secretary
  • Gail Davison, Treasurer
  • Jean Graham, Member-at-Large
  • Valerie Lambertson, Member-at-Large

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 of the Library does not accept:

  • Book that smell musty or that contain mold
  • 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 of any age
  • Newspapers, coupons, calendars, notebooks or catalogs
  • Magazines (including National Geographic) older than three months
All donations must be brought into the Main Library. Donations are not accepted at the Grand Library. The Friends of the Library 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. 

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 holds a daily book sale to raise funds for library programs and services. In addition, to two large sales are held in the spring and fall. All book sales take place at the Main Library Auditorium, 840 West Orange Avenue.

  • Spring Book Sale: Saturday, 10 AM - 2 PM, May 13, 2017
  • Fall Book Sale: Saturday, 10 AM - 2 PM, October 14, 2017
Funds raised by the Friends of the Library are used to support library programs and services:

  • Funding for popular programs
  • Books on CD and eBooks
  • Discover & Go museum passes
  • Online Book Club membership
  • 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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