Welcome to the Friends of The Seattle Public Library!

It's simple - Libraries need Friends. Many public libraries were established through the efforts of community members who understood the benefit of libraries to their communities and also understood that libraries needed community help to survive.

How do libraries benefit from Friends groups? They benefit by the expansion of their resources to serve the public. Friends extend a library’s capacity through dollar gifts, program support, community engagement and through advocacy.

Who We Are

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting our Library as an essential institution of our society. Our volunteer members advocate for, educate about, and raise funds on behalf of The Seattle Public Library.

Make a Difference

The Friends provide a variety of ways to support The Seattle Public Library. Consider becoming a member of our organization. Volunteer to work at a Book Sale. Contribute your time by advocating for the Library. Share your story of what the Library means to you. There are many ways to contribute to our important effort.

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Online Book Sales

Can't wait for the Friends' next book sale? You can buy books year-round from the Friends through the FriendShop, Amazon.com, eBay or ABE.


Come visit us at the FriendShop at the Central Library - open seven days a week.

The Library Journal notes the FriendShop as an innovator in promoting the Library, showcasing local talent and engaging in outreach. 


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