Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library
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Friends The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for and to support the public library by providing funding for programming, services, and materials that enrich our diverse community.

Our Santa Fe Public Libraries are community information hubs where everyone can gather to learn, create, and dream. The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library seek to preserve and enhance our libraries for generations today and tomorrow.

We hope you will join us by becoming a member of the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, participating in the events we sponsor, attending our book sales, and volunteering for the Friends.


Our History

Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library was founded in 1974 as a vibrant community organization that promotes reading and learning through quality library services, and that is supported by an active, involved, and growing membership.
More about the Friends

Support Us

Santa Fe Public Libraries are community information hubs where everyone can gather to learn, create and dream. The Friends of the Library seeks to preserve and enhance our libraries for generations today and tomorrow. You can support the Friends by becoming a member, volunteering, and donating to the Friends. Virtually every penny donated to the Friends directly supports our Santa Fe Public Libraries.
Support the Friends

Storm Damage at La Farge Branch Library: damage to 1,500 children’s books occurred, about a $37,000 loss. The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library has started a fund to replace the books. You can donate online (with “La Farge” in the note field) or send a check to: Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Our Events

Throughout the year the Friends present a variety of events, like our Happy Hour Authors Club book discussions (a Friends membership benefit) and special ticketed fundraising parties honoring local authors (open to anyone). Sign up for our Friends Event News email list to be the first to learn about our Events.
Upcoming Events

Archives Crawl: Private Tours of Santa Fe Museum Libraries
Have you ever seen a book wrapped in an ace bandage? This fall you can see this and many more unique books and photographs at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Fray Angélico Chávez History Museum. 

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library & Photo Archives Tour
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 10:00 AM – Noon
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Old LibraryThe Fray Angélico Chávez History Library is the institutional successor of New Mexico’s oldest library (1851) and is part of the Palace of the Governors. It preserves historical materials documenting the history of the state, the Southwest, and meso-America from the pre-European era to the present. The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives contains an estimated one million items from approximately 1850 to the present. Subjects include the history and people of New Mexico, the expansion of the West, and photographs including those of Edward S. Curtis, Adolph Bandelier, and Charles Lindbergh.
Buy Tickets to the Chávez History Library & Photo Archives Tour 
Friends of the Library Members: $25, Non-members: $35, Attendance is limited to 20.
Buy tickets to the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library & Photo Archives Tour

More Santa Fe Museum Library Archives Crawls

Happy Hour Authors Club
All Friends members are invited to join us for book discussions with the authors at the Bourbon Grill at El Gancho in our Happy Hour Authors Club. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Happy Hour discount prices during the informal author introduction and free-ranging conversation. Bring your thoughts, opinions, and your questions for the author.
: FREE benefit for Friends members; non-members may purchase memberships at the door
Time: 5:00–6:30 PM (Doors open at 4:30 PM for drink & hors d’oeuvres orders.)
Location: 104 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Unassisted LivingThursday, November 29, 2018
Bob Puglisi will lead a discussion on Unassisted Living
Free Required Ticket Reservation (for Friends members only)
In 1975, Mildred Meyers, a feisty, seventy-year-old, leads a revolt against the City of New York and a wealthy real estate developer who want to demolish her Lower East Side tenement to make way for condominiums. Mildred and her cohorts take on the police with rotten produce, eggs, shaving cream, and whipped cream from aerosol cans. The police arrest Mildred and her elderly accomplices. Mildred’s daughter Nancy, a busy prima ballerina, goes to New York to bail out her mother. In order to save Mildred from a stiff jail sentence, Nancy must take her mother back to Los Angeles with her. Nancy finds a home for Mildred at the Star Bright Senior Residence in Hollywood. Stanley Cutler, a loveable, long-haired hippie-type in his early-thirties, owns and operates the semi-rundown establishment. Mildred adapts surprisingly quickly to her new environment and bonds with Stanley and his quirky residents. She proves to be a real asset when the Los Angeles Licensing Commission and the IRS harasses Stanley. Mildred senses that someone or something is behind the harassment. Eventually, Mildred’s over-bearing personality hits everyone like an unexpected tornado. After an incident in which Mildred betrays the trust of her fellow residents, she decides to move to Hawaii, a dream she has harbored for years. Her daughter agrees to fulfill her mother’s wish—until something unexpected happens to Nancy that changes Mildred’s plans.

More Happy Hour Authors Events

Our Book Sales

The Friends hold Book Sales at all three library branches throughout the year. Proceeds from the Friends bookstores and book sales go to support our public libraries, purchasing new books or other media and supporting library programs. Our bookstores and book sales are staffed by volunteers from the Friends.
Book Sale Schedule and more