Welcome to the Alameda Free Library Foundation Website
The Library Friends group was founded in 1973 to increase public awareness of the Library as an essential part of the community and to support and fund projects and equipment for the Library. Members of the Friends put in many hours fundraising, putting on events including a semi-annual book sale, staffing the Main Library café and more. The Friends worked for years toward the goal of a new Main Library. That goal was realized in November 2006 when Alameda's new Library opened at the corner of Lincoln and Oak Streets in Alameda.
The Alameda Library Foundation was created in 1998 to ensure that these services will be available for many years to come, and that our libraries remain the vibrant, meaningful centers of community that they are today. The Foundation raised money for the main library and branch libraries' use, offering flexibility to meet long-term and short-term needs. The Foundation has conducted annual solicitations, received bequests from dedicated library supporters, and sponsored fundraising events including author conversations, concerts in the library and programs for children, teens, adults, teachers and parents. The Foundation and Friends of the Library co-sponsored events such as the staff appreciation lunch and the fall concert series.
Beginning July 1, 2016, the Friends and the Alameda Library Foundation are merging into a single organization to be called the Friends of the Alameda Free Library.
More about the merger
Please go to the Friends of the Alameda Free Library website for current information about the organization's work.