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Who Are We?
For nearly 30 years, the Friends of the Library, a voluntary organization of community members, has dedicated itself to supporting and enriching the Santa Maria Public Library. In that time Friends volunteers have worked thousands of hours, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, and promoted community awareness of the library, and its many services and programs.

What Do We Do?
The Friends support library programs, contribute funds for special programs and purposes, volunteer to do projects, promote community awareness and advocate for robust city funding of our library.

We raise funds for the library through Friends membership annual dues, donations, and with the help of our tireless volunteers, through the operation of the innovative Library Shop which is located in the library lobby. Click on this link to learn more about The Library Shop.

Some of us are deeply involved with the operation of the Shop, some assist with short term projects, some contribute monetarily. We welcome anyone who is interested in volunteering in any capacity to call the Library Volunteer Coordinator at 925-0994 ext. 503.

The Library Shop at the Santa Maria Public Library is showcasing works by local authors and artists as well as offering a variety of merchandise celebrating the area's Strawberry Festivals and the Santa Maria Rodeo. In addition, the Shop's popular silent auction now runs twice monthly, ending on the 15th and 30th. Stop by to see the area focused merchandise, the unique and ever changing selection of auction books, and the many other donated magazines, books, and CDs.

How Can You Join Us?
Membership forms are available in The Library Shop. You can join today! Membership is for a calendar year.
   • Individual membership is $10.00
   • Family membership is $15.00
   • Business and organization membership is $50.00

What Are The Benefits of Membership?
You will be an important part of the Santa Maria Public Library support network by joining the Friends organization. Membership gives you a 10% discount in The Library Shop and a subscription to the quarterly newsletter, "Off the Shelf". But most importantly, membership gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you have shown support for your public library and that you are assisting in the continuation of services it provides to our community.

Thank You in Supporting the Santa Maria Public Library