Purpose for Friends of the La Mesa Library

Who are the Friends of the La Mesa Library?

The Friends of the La Mesa Library is a group of people from the La Mesa area who believes that a modern, effective library is essential to our community. Formed in February 1969, the Friends have since incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose stated purpose is to promote, preserve, and support library services and patron needs through education and of communication with local libraries and the community.

By-Laws viewable here: Friends Adopted By-Laws 

How Can I Become a Friend?

You may join the Friends of the La Mesa Library by paying an annual tax deductible membership fee. Please see the membership page on this site.

About the La Mesa Library

The La Mesa Library is part of the San Diego County Library System. The City of La Mesa owns the land and the building that the library occupies, while the County of San Diego maintains the library. This cooperative relationship between the city and the county has served the community well over the years by drawing on resources from both public agencies.

The County of San Diego budgets for a basic level of staffing and service to all the libraries in the system. In addition, the County Supervisors' Library Materials Matching Fund will match, dollar for dollar, any locally generated financial contributions for additional materials or supplies.

The La Mesa Library is one of the most active branches of the La Mesa County Library System. The funds raised by the Friends of the La Mesa Library go a long way toward providing the materials that patrons of the La Mesa Library have long enjoyed.

Friends of the Library Bookstore

The Friends of the La Mesa Library raises the majority of its money from used book sales. Our bookstore is conveniently located just inside the library's front entrance, and is open daily from 1 to 4 PM. Our continued success depends on two thing: your donation of new or gently used books, and volunteers to staff and run the bookstore. If you think you might like to help with our bookstore, please indicate so when you join or renew your membership. all volunteers working in the bookstore and/or the library and required to go through a formal background check by the County.

Future Needs

Because of the high volume of use of the La Mesa branch library building, it is logical that maintenance costs will go up in the years ahead. The Friends of the La Mesa Library has begun a specific savings fund to assist with those improvements when the time comes. If you wish to donate specifically to this effort, you may do so by noting it on the memo line of your donation check.