510 526 3720 x7 friendsalbany@yahoo.com

Friends of the Albany Library

Friends of the Albany Library

Friends of the Albany Library

Friends of the Albany Library

Friends Sales and Events







The Friends’s purpose is to benefit the library by selling books and other materials in the library, on the Internet, and during on-site book sales. FAL operations and most of our sales take place at 1247 Marin Ave, Albany CA 94706.  Call us at 510.526.3720, extn 7.  Our office is not “staffed” – leave a message and we’ll call you back. 

For more information about the Albany Branch of the Alameda County Library visit Albany | Alameda County Library (aclibrary.org)







Make and Play Lab – Lego


Join us every Wednesday* at the Albany Library for crafts, STEAM activities, Lego building, and more! We’ll be doing a different activity each week inside the main room of the Albany Community Center (across the lobby from the library). See what you can build with our collection of LEGOS! Drop by anytime between 2:30-4pm. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Link to Event for more information Make and Play Lab: LEGO | Events | Alameda County Library (bibliocommons.com)


Every Wednesday January 4 – February 22  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – except for January 25*



Best of Albany FilmFest



Join us in the Edith Stone Room of the Library for two very special nights to watch winners and favorites from the 2022 Albany FilmFest


Tuesday, January 31  7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

  • THAT SUCKS! Craig Billmeier & Dominic Del Bene, Directors (13:45) Best Short Animated Film
  • A TALE OF TWO COUNTIES, Sanchali Pothuru, Director (24:57) Best Short Film Youth 13-17
  • THE BUTLER AND THE BALL, Andrew Chan-Possemato, Director (11:17) Best Short Film Youth 6-12
  • MISS ALMA: A LIFE IN COLOR, Cheri Gaulke, Director (20:00) Best in Show

Link to Event for more information: Best of Albany FilmFest | Events | Alameda County Library (bibliocommons.com)




The Art of Book Folding



Learn how to transform used books into works of art with Margo Wecksler in the Albany Community Center Room 1!  This program is for beginner adults and teens (or older children with origami or equivalent experience).  We will provide the materials and handouts so you can practice at home after the workshop! No registration necessary, but attendance is limited to the first 30 participants. Link to Event for more information: The Art of Book Folding with Margo Wecksler | Events | Alameda County Library (bibliocommons.com)


Saturday, February 4   3:15 pm – 4:45 pm 



Valentine Card Making



Join us for an afternoon of creative fun with artist Lauren Meyer. Make unique cards for all your valentines. It’s free and easy!
This is a drop-in program. All ages are welcome. No registration required, but materials are limited. This will be in the Albany Community Center.  Link to event flyer for more information: Valentines Card Making Flyer


Wednesday, February 8   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 







Our next on-site Book Sale is targeted for Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.  We are working with the City and the Library to coordinate logistics and will update this page with on-site book sale details as we get closer to the date of the spring book sale.

In the meantime, please continue to donate books to help us prepare and stock up for the May book sale. You can also purchase books on the ongoing shelf sale in the library and online.

We will be looking for volunteers to assist in setting up, cashiering and cleaning up as we get closer to the sale date.

As always, we appreciate your help and participation! We can’t do it without you!






The Friends are now taking donations, but by advance appointment only. Please contact us via email at friendsalbany@yahoo.com or telephone us at (510) 526-3720, wait for the Friends message, then leave a message to make an appointment. Please note that our office isn’t staffed, so it may take a few days for us to get back to you.






Please do NOT DONATE items that are so worn that they cannot be sold.   For items that are not saleable, we suggest the recycle bin, or the El Cerrito Recycling Center. Thank you for your understanding.  


Get Involved!


We always need volunteers, and there are always plenty of interesting tasks! We especially need volunteers to help sort our large backlog of books.

Sort & Price

Sorting and pricing is a very important task.  Help us out!

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We heartily welcome new members!