It’s been nearly 50 years since a group of Amador County residents got together to form the Friends of the Amador County Library. As the group’s early by-laws state, the association’s purpose was “to maintain an association of persons interested in books, and in libraries; to focus public attention on library services, programs, facilities and needs; and to stimulate gifts of book, magazines, desirable collections, endowments and bequests.”
The organization’s history underscores its success in achieving those goals. But the goals have evolved over the years, and today’s FACL finds itself serving primarily a fund-raising function, brought about by the tight fiscal constraints at both the local and state levels. As the budgets have shrunk, the library’s role has continued to expand and its reliance on the support of the Friends has increased.
Today the Amador County Library and its four branches work hand in hand with the Friends to serve library patrons throughout the county.
Friends of the Amador County Library is 100% volunteer run.