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Measure S + 10 Branches + Community Support = One GREAT Library System
(Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries)
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Libraries Need Friends

Since the passage of Measure S in 2016 see how community support has made, and will continue to make, new builds and magnificent renovations possible across the 10 branches of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Friends make life better. They are there when you need them most. They help where they can. They know how to cheer you up. They listen.

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, commonly called “The Friends,” supports the community’s 10 branch public library system. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization since 1979, The Friends champion SCPL’s work with underserved people, county residents, students, families, and lifelong learners.

The organization’s priorities are fundraising for the library system, listening to the needs of county residents, and promoting ever-expanding information services for everyone.


In 2016 with the passage of Measure S, Santa Cruz Public Libraries received a $67 million bond measure to upgrade and improve local libraries. In 2021 the Friends of Santa Cruz Libraries volunteers are rallying together to raise $1,000,000 to fill the gap in construction costs between Measure S and the amount that’s actually needed for the Branciforte, Garfield Park and Aptos branches. They are at 62% now!

Take a look at what The Friends have accomplished so far and help them reach their goal by making a donation today!

New & Renovated Branches

Upcoming Renovations

  • Be a Friend of the Library
    Every dollar donated goes to bringing new facilities and resources to our community. Help us complete the Branciforte, Garfield Park and Aptos renovations by making a donation today.