Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the Menlo Park Library and the community it serves.

Started by the American Association of University Women around 1951 as an informal group, The Friends was incorporated as a nonprofit membership corporation in 1962. It is tax-exempt under Federal and California law.

The Friends processes over 200,000 donated books and other items each year. These are re-sold principally through
  • its bookstore in the lobby of the Main Library;
  • its on-site book sales at the Main Library;
  • its Amazon sales throughout the world year-round online; and
  • occasional auction sales of high-value books.

The proceeds from these sales are contributed to the Library to help fund its resources, facilities, programs and events. 

In a 2014 Proclamation, the City of Menlo Park recognized The Friends' indelible positive impact for Menlo Park residents.

For many years, The Friends has been a community partner of Kepler's Books, a major bookstore in Menlo Park.

The Friends invites you to visit its website. There you will find detailed information about

  • its bookstore, book sales and Amazon sales;
  • the different ways its funds are used to support the Library;
  • the volunteering opportunities it offers;
  • how to donate books and other items;
  • how to become a member; and
  • how to make direct and indirect monetary contributions.

The Friends thanks you for your interest and invites you to consider supporting its work in supporting the Library!