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Friends of the Library


The Los Angeles Public Library has many community support organizations which work with the library to raise funds and sponsor programs to enhance library service throughout the community.

For information about joining a group, please contact the indicated agency. Normally, ask for the Senior Librarian at each branch library, or the Department Manager of a Central Library Subject Department.

Here we provide links to the websites of Friends of the Library groups as an aid for those wishing to support the library. We do not endorse the information presented on these sites nor accept responsibility for the accuracy or content of any of these sites.

Overall Support Groups

Central Library Support Groups

  • Docents

    ​Docents provide tours to the public and work on volunteer projects at the Central Library. Contact the Docent Office for more information (213) 228-7283.

  • BEST Friends

    ​Supports the Business and Economics, and Science, Technology, and Patents Departments, as well as the Octavia Lab. The group's purpose is to raise funds and provide financial assistance to these departments, enabling them to host special events and notable speakers, acquire new materials, and fund programs that benefit the public. Visit their website to get involved.

  • Bruckman Rare Book Friends

    Supports the Rare Books Room, and purchases special items for Central Library Departments. The group sponsors a speaker series and monthly book sales. Bruckman Friends is named after the Library's first Collection Development Officer, John D. Bruckman, a noted bookman who was instrumental in developing the Rare Book Collection. Email address: bruckmanbruckman@aol.com.

  • Culinary Historians of Southern California

    Provide public programs of the role of food in society, and support the culinary collections at Central Library. Visit their website for more information.


    The Friends of Children and Literature brings children, books, and authors together through special events and programs at the Central Library. Also established the FOCAL Award which is presented annually to an author or illustrator for a creative work which enriches a child's appreciation for and understanding of California.

  • Photo Friends

    Supports activities related to the historic photograph collection at Central Library and has sponsored the award-winning Shades of LA project, which documents ethnic communities in Los Angeles. Visit their website for more information.