It takes the community to support the Library! Many people and organizations are committed to Berkeley Public Library's continued success.
Gift & Donation Policy
The Berkeley Public Library Foundation was established in 1997. Its mission—to raise funds to support and enhance the facilities, programs, and services of the Berkeley Public Library.
The Foundation's first and highly successful project was completion of a $4.1 million capital campaign to fund furniture, fixtures and equipment for the 2002 renovation of the historic Central Library. It has continued to raise funds for many Library projects.
The Foundation recently launched the Neighborhood Libraries Campaign to raise $3.5 million to aid the Branch Library renovation program. Their signature event is the Annual Authors Dinner, launched in 2002.
The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and currently has two paid staff members. Read more about the Berkeley Public Library Foundation.
The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library, established in the 1950s, is a 501(c)(3) memberships organization dedicated to enhancing the Berkeley Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts.
The Friends operate two affordable used bookstores. Proceeds from the sale of books, plus memberships ($25 annually) and donations support most library programs and events. Read more about the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library.
The Friends' Bookstores
Central Library Bookstore
Channing Way Bookstore
The Friends' Bookstores depend entirely on donations of books, CDs, DVDs and videos. Donations can be brought to the bookstores during business hours. If you have a large quantity of books or media to donate, please call 510-841-5604 to arrange a pickup. All items should be in good condition.
The Friends' Bookstores are staffed by over one hundred volunteers. Additional volunteers are always welcome. Find information online or leave your contact information at 510-981-6152 and the Friends will call you.