About Us Established in 1962, the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Our first goal is to preserve the freedom of the library and prevent censorship. We also advocate for a strong public library system. We provide materials, support summer reading programs, provide cultural and literary events for the community, fund training for library staff, and keep abreast of current issues affecting the library.
Friends of the Library Board Meetings & Members Learn about our Board meetings (open to all) with dates and board member responsibilities. Learn about our annual meeting.
Time to reduce your collection of clean, gently used books, DVDs, CDs or recent magazines? Consider donating to the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library and receive a tax deductible receipt. Proceeds from the bookstore are used to purchase new materials for our libraries.
Our silent auction has been suspended due to construction. Check back in October 2019.
Egyud Memorial Scholarship
In June 2017, Long Beach lost one of its greatest champions for literacy, Barbara Egyud. Barbara believed that it was the responsibility of all of us to assure opportunities for literacy were made available to everyone, and this $1,000 scholarship is an effort to continue her legacy.
Applications for the scholarship will be available to high school seniors who have applied for college classes, and who have volunteered or worked at a Long Beach Public Library for at least 6 months. Volunteers or library staff who are already enrolled in college and are continuing may also apply.
The scholarship will be available beginning in January 2019 and awarded at the May 2019 Friends of the Long Beach Public Library Annual Meeting. Information and applications will be available in January on the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library site at www.lbpl.org, select the “Support the Library” information tab and select Friends of the Library. Applications will also be available at the branch libraries.
2018 winner: Savannah Aimerito
Left to right: Mr. and Mrs. Aimerito, Savannah Aimerito, Linda Kimberly (BE Scholarship Director), Friends' President Patti Benoit Donations & Special Projects Learn more about making donations and our special projects.
Join Us We're always looking for people to join the board, work on a special committee, volunteer in the bookstore, or help at special events. To join, please print and complete the membership application and mail it the address below.
Friends of the Long Beach Public Library 101 Pacific Ave. Long Beach, CA 90822-1097 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org