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.
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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.
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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

Friends Annual Meeting January 28, 2018
Jennifer LevinWhen: 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 28, 2018
Where: Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive
Details: All Friends Members Invited!
Mingle & Refreshments, short Business Meeting
Guest Speaker Jennifer Levin: reporter, reviewer, writer

Book reviews and author profiles, art reviews and artist profiles, music reviews, stories about conferences, marches, goings-on in Santa Fe, theater announcements, and movie reviews, Jennifer Levin does them all. Pasatiempo, published on Fridays by the Santa Fe New Mexican, is enriched by her contributions. Jennifer invites readers in Santa Fe to expand their worlds with her comprehensive book reviews. She chooses books that are relevant to important issues of the times and that enhance understanding of complex subjects. She uses author interviews to test her critical ideas about their work.

Happy Hour Authors Club
Rowland WillardThursday, March 22
, 2018
Joy Poole will lead a discussion on Over the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico: The Diaries and Autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard
Free Required Ticket Reservation (for Friends members only)
One of the first Anglo-Americans to record their travels to New Mexico, Dr. Rowland Willard (1794–1884) journeyed west on the Santa Fe Trail in 1825 and then down the Camino Real into Mexico, taking notes along the way. Few Americans knew much about New Mexico when Willard set out on his journey from St. Charles, Missouri, where he had recently completed a medical apprenticeship. The growing commerce with the Southwest presented opportunities for the ambitious doctor. On his first day travelling the plains of the Santa Fe Trail, he met the mountain man Hugh Glass, who regaled Willard with stories of his wilderness experiences. Conducting a physical examination of Glass, Dr. Willard provided the only eye witness medical account of Glass’s deformities resulting from a grizzly bear attack. Willard referred to the mountain man as Father Glass, a testimony to his age. He visited Santa Fe, practiced medicine in Taos, then traveled south to Chihuahua, arriving during a measles epidemic. Willard treated patients in Mexico for two years before returning to Missouri in 1828.
More information about our Happy Hour Authors Club

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