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, wait for the option to reach Friends of the Albany Library to leave a message as 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 2:00-4:00pm. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.  Note that each Make and Play Lab may have different activities in addition to Lego building and more. See specific Wednesday dates on the Events page to find additional Make and Play Lab events activities. Link to Albany Library Events for more information: Albany Library Branch Events – Make & Play Labs

Every Wednesday January 4 – May 31  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 


Toddler Time 

Toddler Time is back at the Albany Library for songs, stories and movement activities!  No registration is needed but attendance is limited. Link to Albany Library Events for more information: Albany Library Branch Events – Toddler Time

Every Thursday March 2 – May 4  10:00 am – 10:30 am


Albany Library Teen Advisory Group

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) members advise the library on the best way to connect with and serve teen library members. For example, they may select new teen books, suggest programs and services, or even design and run their own programs. There is no minimum commitment. We are looking for TAG members 12 years of age or older who will attend regularly. Link to Albany Library Events for more information: Albany Library Branch Events – Teen Advisory Group

Every Other Wednesday March 15 – May 10  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm


How to Find and Download Your Tax Forms


This workshop is designed to show attendees how to download their tax forms, locate sites for tax preparation, and where to find IRS and Franchise Tax Board officials to answer tax questions. Attendees must know what tax forms they need for their tax returns. Presenter will not give any tax advice. Registration is required. Link to event for more information and to register: How to Find and Download Your Tax Forms

Tuesday, April 4   5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Edith Stone Room, Albany Library





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!

Become A Member

We heartily welcome new members!