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 amplifies the public investment by raising the additional funds needed to help make a great public library extraordinary. Foundation grants are available to benefit all five locations of the Berkeley Public Library.
With the help of its community of donors, the Foundation provides resources to advance the Library’s strategic goals in serving the public. Gifts made to the Foundation typically support library innovations, capital improvements, and literacy projects.
The Foundation’s signature fundraising event is the annual Authors Dinner, which began in 2002. At this yearly gala, literary supporters gather to honor Bay Area authors while also raising funds in support of the library.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. You can read more about the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and get involved by clicking here!
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, and DVDs. 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. 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.