Our Mission

We are a group of librarians, community activists and concerned citizens working to prevent the Richmond City Council from voting to eliminate library services that the most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our community depend upon in order to reduce a 27 million dollar budget deficit.

The Friends of the Richmond Public Library need your support!

Donate now to maintain critical services.

Friends of the Richmond Public Library fund programs like virtual after school tutoring and story times. Currently they are unable to raise funds with book sales due to Coronavirus.

Please consider donating to fund these critical services if you are in a position to help!
Thanks for your support of

Tailgate Story Time + Car Caravan

Our Tailgate Story Time and Car Caravan ACTion was a success thanks to local organizers, the East Bay DSA and community support from our friends and neighbors!

More Ways To Help

The City Council adopted a budget on June 30th that maintained the status quo by maintaining a $78M budget for police.  
Thanks in part to our community activism, our library funding stayed steady at just under $7 million. 

We believe the priorities in spending need to shift away from funding policing and instead be routed into community services that would help to prevent the need for funding punitive protection at the disproportionate levels we see now. 

Teen Librarian Angela Cox Smith is hosting live readings of Dear Martin 

Check Out RPL's Teen Facebook Page

Sign the Action Network Petition and volunteer to help!

Sign Up!

Sheila Dickinson Virtual Storytime

Beloved Richmond, CA Children's Public Librarian offers virtual storytelling to stay connected with her community from home while complying with the Covid-19 Shelter in Place order.

Tailgate Story Time Poster

Download, print and color this free poster supporting full funding and no lay offs for Richmond Public Libraries.

Submit a photo of your child and their coloring to be featured on our Kids Care page!

Richmond Public Library Offers Crucial Services:

  • The public library is where people can find information about anything free of charge

  • Specialized resources, collections and programs are tailored for all age groups; babies through seniors

  • Language learning through preschool story times, adult literacy programs and English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Promote education with tutoring and summer reading games

  • Offer a wide variety of collections in different mediums and languages for a diverse population: Books, DVDs, cds, Ebooks, magazines, newspapers, etc.

  • Cooperate in exchanges with other libraries so that books not in local collections can be borrowed from other institutions

  • Librarians with specialized training to help navigate information resources or provide readers advice

  • Teach basic computer literacy skills

  • Provide free wifi

  • Help people fill out forms such as employment or voter registration

  • Provide a safe place with no questions asked