Library Support Groups

Library Support Groups and their members provide valuable services to Alameda County Library and their communities through one or more of the following activities:

  • Encouraging community support for the Library and its activities. 
  • Promoting the functions and resources of the Library.
  • Assisting in raising funds for special projects beyond the scope of the Library operating budget.
  • Sponsoring specific plans or programs requested by Library management. 

What are the requirements to become an official Library Support Group?

All Library Support Groups must be a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit with a set of bylaws and a Board of Directors. All proceeds from fundraising activities must be used to benefit the Library. In order for a new Library Support Group to be officially recognized by the Library, the Group must request and receive recognition in writing from the County Librarian. 

Annually, Library Support Groups submit the following information to the County Librarian:

  • Names and titles of all board members.
  • Total number of dues-paying members.
  • Treasurer's report showing revenue and expenditures for the year. 

If a Library support group is unable to provide the above information as well as maintain its 501(c)(3) status, elect a Board of Directors, and hold regular meetings, the County Library may elect to end the Library's affiliation with the Group. 

A full version of this policy is available online. 

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