Friends of the Library

Even libraries need Friends!
Two women standing in front of a Friends of the Hayward Library book sale

Friends of Hayward Library is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting Hayward Public Library since 1982. We believe that the library is an essential part of a thriving community.

What We Believe

We believe in Hayward's future. We believe in lifelong learning for people of all ages. We believe strong and healthy libraries help us build a thriving Hayward together.

We proudly support Hayward's public libraries. We speak out in the community about the value of the public library, and we advocate for positive library improvements including the successful Measure C campaign.

How You Can Help

Become a Member. Your membership in Friends of Hayward Library helps support library services for children and families; computers and technology for youth and adults; new books and media to benefit people of all ages; and much more.

Volunteer. We are an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available. If you have the passion and talent to be a Friend, then we want to hear from you.

Donate. Your tax-deductible donation to Friends of Hayward Library will help us fund children's programs, homework tutoring centers, special library events, and new books and computer technology to help make Hayward's library the very best it can be.

What We Do

Friends of Hayward Library seek and secure grants; sell library-themed merchandise; and accept donations to support and enhance library services and programs in Hayward. All donations to Friends of Hayward Library are tax-deductible.

We also accept donations of gently used books and media, which we use to raise tens of thousands of dollars annually through our popular book sales. Our regular sales take place on the first and third Saturdays of each month at the Friends Bookstore at the Downtown Library. 

How We Give

100% of the funds we raise are used to:

  • Enrich children's lives through innovative services and programs
  • Provide capital funding for Library equipment and technology
  • Enhance the Library collections with new books and media
  • Support programs that celebrate Hayward's cultural diversity

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