Friends of the Salinas Public Library

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Friends of the Salinas Public Library (FOSPL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public-benefit organization of volunteers providing financial contributions to the Salinas Public Library.  FOSPL funds programs and purchases not within or to supplement the Library budget, such as summer reading prizes and most recently, fundraising in 2019-2020 to supplement collection at the new El Gabilan Library.  FOSPL also works to create public awareness of and community support for the Library system and its programs. 


Being a member of FOSPL means that you help to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of the Library. Find out more about membership and please consider being a Friends!


Visit the Friends’ Bookshop for books, movies, and other interesting nonfiction, history and “coffee table” books. Bookshop is located at John Steinbeck Library and currently open Tuesday-Thursday 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
They accepts material donations for resale at the Friends Bookshop. Please refer to FOSPL’s donation acceptance guidelines for more information.

Big Book Sales

You won't want to miss FOSPL's Big Book Sales!  Get thousands of books and DVDS at fractions of its cost and load up on the $5 Bag O'Books specials!

All sales are located at the Book Depot at 7 Station Place in the Salinas Train Station.

Saturday Sale Dates, 9 am-2 pm (early access from 9-10 am for FOSP members):

February 3, 2024
April 6, 2024
June 1, 2024
August 3, 2024
October 5, 2024 
December 7, 2024


FOSPL and its members are an active participant in raising funds to support various services and programs at the library. They participated annually to raise funds through Monterey County Gives campaign platform, which have provided opportunities for the library to start the SMA+RT virtual card program (2018), equipment for El Gabilan Library's makerspace (2019), hotspot lending service (2020), and BABY program (2021 & 2022). FOSPL also applied for various grants on behalf of the library such as the grant funding for the Kinder Boot Camp program that is funded by the Pebble Beach Company Foundation.
In 2020, FOSPL started its first annual fundraising with a 'Sip & Paint' theme. The third annual Sip & Paint fundraising will be on March 16, 2024.

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