Friends-sponsored event: Cuban Art Exhibit and book talk
Friends-sponsored event: Cuban Art Exhibit and book talk

Our community’s needs go beyond regular budgets for library books, librarian salaries and computers provided by the city. Story Time and other activities for children, scholarships and events for youth, author talks and presentations for adults, represent some of the community benefits funded by the Friends. In 2015, we supported programs that the Library hosted, achieving a total of more than 12,000 attendees.

Our Impact

At the end of our fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, our fundraising included:

  • Book Sales: $4,265
  • Donations: $7,814
  • Membership: $3,580
  • Other: $54

The Friends of the Richmond Public Library contributed a total of $10,824 in funds toward library programs.

Programs We Support

Art at the Main Branch
Art at the Main Branch

The Friends support ongoing and special programs at all three branches and the bookmobile. So far this year they include:

  • Children, Teen and Adult Summer Reading Programs with Prizes
  • Scholarships to Teens
  • S.A.T. Preparation Course
  • Reading Buddies
  • Homework Help
  • STEAM Programs
  • Performances
  • Drop-In activities

Upcoming Events


Join us in the Friends of the Richmond Public Library “Book Nook” for our sale of gently used bargain books – fill a bag with up to 10 books for the amazing price of just $3.00!  Celebrate flowers coming up in your garden with gardening books.  Memorial Day is coming up! Perhaps some history books?  Richmond Main Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.   510-620-6561. Library hours on Book Sale Wednesdays are 10a.m.-6p.m.  Books are also for sale on a daily basis at the Main, Bayview, and West Side libraries during open hours.  Funds raised support library programs for all ages.