The Friends direct contributions have helped make the Main Library and Woodland Branch truly special places, funding new books and media as well as live programs and equipment. In addition, we spun off the organization that became the Los Altos Library Endowment, with seed money of $300,000, as an Endowment branch for fundraising. Some specifics of our past and ongoing contributions are:

Past funding of equipment for the Los Altos Library that was the first in the County  

  • Public computers
  • Self checkout machines
  • Fax machine
  • 3-D printer

Books and media

  • FictionBestsellersStarting and ongoing funding of the Friends Best Seller Collection of popular new fiction and non-fiction.
  • Past contribution of $300,000 to the Vision 21 campaign – funding the science and technology collection.
  • Expansion of the collections of DVDs, CDs and recorded books.


  • Library Children's Summer ProgramArt docent lectures
  • World Affairs Council
  • Master Gardeners and California Native Plant Society programs
  • Craft programs
  • Halloween Mystery Event
  • Summer Reading: performers, prizes, awards
  • Teen Poetry Competition prizes
  • Children’s Book Club books and supplies
  • Children’s Storytimes

Equipment and Furnishings

  • Large Pod With ReflectionsPods for private meetings
  • Program room chairs
  • Teen room tables and chairs
  • Computers and printers
  • Bike racks
  • Electronic bulletin board
  • Wireless sound system
  • Staff area space dividers
  • Woodland Branch bookcases
  • 3D printer and supplies

Library Facilities

  • Contributions to major construction projects: for example. the 1992 Library Expansion
  • 2006 feasibility study and preliminary plans for expansion of Main Library
  • Remodeling of Woodland Branch
  • Addition of the Friends Corner in the Main Library


In order to help our teachers and get more books into their classrooms, the Friends started a program called Books4Schools.  With Books4Schools teachers can come to our sales and pick out books for their classrooms at no cost to the teachers or the schools.  The program is funded by donations given to the B4S designated fund.  When teachers buy books for their classrooms, B4S pays the book sale for the books.  Any teacher in a publicly supported school can take advantage of Books4Schools at our sales by sending an email to the Friends asking to register for that sale.  In its first 3 years of operation Books4Schools registered over 300 teachers from grades K-12 in over 60 schools.  Books4Schools added more than 12,000 books to our children’s classrooms in those years.