The Challenge of Today: The Community’s Vision for Tomorrow

Today, our libraries have a growing role—and perhaps more potential than ever before—to reinforce the communities they serve. In a society burdened by new stresses and divisions, public libraries embody the promise and potential of connection, informed and engaged community, and intellectual growth for all. The Santa Cruz Public Library system is currently undergoing a serious revision, and meeting the needs of today requires more inviting, flexible, and supportive spaces, better equipped and better resourced to meet unique local needs and expectations. Continue reading.

Tell me about Measure S renovations in all 10 branches!

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries support the Santa Cruz City-County Library System through fundraising, volunteer services, and advocacy. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization since 1979, FSCPL has supported the libraries’ role in serving underserved communities, county residents, students, families, and lifelong learners. We support the library through fundraising, advocacy, and promoting volunteerism. Our priorities are fundraising for the library system, support for our chapters, fostering local involvement for branches without Chapters, and accessible and diverse library programs.

The Friends is sustained with the support of donors like you, including primarily public contributions, book sales, and foundation grants. View our list of donors to see who is making a difference in Santa Cruz County!


Volunteer with the Friends

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries was founded by volunteers and volunteers are still the clockwork that keeps our gears turning. Check in regularly for more updates!

Click To Learn About “Our Community Reads”

Our Community Reads is a program designed to bring members of the Santa Cruz Community together around one book.  Starts February 4, 2022!

Some examples of Friends’ support:

  • Early literacy programs available five days out of the week to families system-wide
  • Beautiful, interactive outdoor spaces for environmental education, such as the Nature Discovery Park at the brand new Felton Library
  • Summer Reading Program, including free school backpacks with supplies for low-income children enrolled
  • STEAM programs like Build-a-Robot where youth learn to code, create, and make friends along the way
  • Book sale operations and volunteer management
  • Bookmobile programs throughout the county
  • On-site and off-site author talks and panel discussions, free to the public
  • Advocacy that includes the $67 million bond passed by our community to renovate or replace every neighborhood branch library (72% voter approval in 2016) thanks to robust outreach from the Friends.

We have a lot in store for the next few years. Read our three year plan and annual report from 2020 to see what the exciting next steps for our organization are.

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