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!