Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library

Linda Zimmerman
5141 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CAlifornia 93013

The Friends of Carpinteria Library (FOCL) formed in 1967 because of the obvious need for support and fundraising for the Carpinteria Library. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) who meet monthly to oversee the funding and direction of our organization and to promote membership recruitment and scheduling of events.

The Board of Directors meets in the library the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

How Do The Friends Support the Library?

Cash donations help the library buy the newest best sellers so they can keep flying off the shelves. In 2014, the Friends’ donation helped fund the renovation of the multi-purpose community room and back in the summer of 2011 our donation for computers more than doubled the public’s access to the internet. All year long, every year, the Friends’ give their time and energy towards making our wonderful library even better.


The mission of the Friends of the Carpinteria Library is to support the library in meeting the needs of the Carpinteria community.

Our primary objectives are:

  • To promote extension of library services through the Carpinteria branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library.
  • To enhance the facilities of the library by obtaining materials beyond the command of the ordinary library budget.
  • To focus attention on libraries and to encourage and accept, by bequest or gift, donations of books, manuscripts, money, and other appropriate materials that may enrich the lives of the people of our community.

Our organization offers financial support for library programs, community outreach and facilities improvements through activities such as book sales ensuring that extra funding beyond the library’s regular budget is safely protected and earmarked to enhance the library’s services.

Friends of the Carpinteria Library volunteers seek to engage the community in library programs, upgrade the quality of library services by means of gifts, reading materials, facilities, and programs.

Tax deductible donations of time and money allow Friends of the Carpinteria Library to advocate for library programs and supports the spirit of volunteerism, advocacy, and participation in community education through the Carpinteria Library.

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