"I cannot live without books."
~ Thomas Jefferson
There has never been a more important time to become a Friend of the Santa Barbara Public Library, or to increase your involvement if you are already a member.
Nationwide, the demand for library services, open access to books and computers, educational opportunities that support lifelong learning, public meeting rooms, and galleries for local artists, is continuing to rise. From toddlers to teens, new immigrants to entrepreneurs, people are flocking to their libraries.
In Santa Barbara, we face unique challenges. Funding cuts have led to reduced hours. In addition, since 2000, there have been staff reductions, as well as reductions to our collections, programming, and technology budgets. In 2005, less than 6% of the total library budget was spent on the materials collection.
At such a time, Friends make the difference. We help provide additional funds for direct financial and programmatic support. It is also through the Friends of SBPL that the library is able to apply and receive grants from various Foundations.
Membership begins at just $35, although we hope you will consider a larger contribution.
Your most valuable benefit is knowing that you support this community's center for free information, education, entertainment and literacy. In 2004, there were 660,509 visits to our library, 790,732 items were checked out, 450,851 visits to the library web site, and 115,910 reference questions were answered. All this from only 37.22 percent of city residents who are registered borrowers.
As a member you also receive:
A subscription to The Friends Exchange, the Friends quarterly newsletter
Invitation to members-only events
Advance registration for space-limited programs
Contributors of $100 or more will be acknowledged in the Winter edition of The Friends Exchange.
All contributions to The Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library are Tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
For questions regarding membership or any other donation, please email:
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