“The story behind the establishment of a public library in Saratoga is a very interesting one. The first library was housed on shelves in a designated place in the Saratoga Drug Store in July, 1914 . . . it outgrew its quarters . . . The problem was discussed in the Saratoga Foothill Study Club and voted on as a matter coming within its scope . . . a committee (was formed) whose function was to bring about a permanent solution of making available to Saratoga people, enough reading matter for their immediate and future needs.”
- By R.V. Garrod, in Saratoga Story
From its humble beginnings in 1914 to its current picturesque setting nestled amid the flowering trees of our lovely heritage orchard, our Saratoga library is truly a treasure to be preserved.
The Friends of the Saratoga Libraries is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our library by providing funding for library enhancements, programs, and materials. By raising funds primarily through proceeds from memberships, book sales at the Book-Go-Round (our used book store located in the original Saratoga public library building), and donations, we are able to grant the Saratoga library approximately $140,000 annually to supplement library resources and services.
YOU make this possible. By joining the Friends, you are directly contributing to maintaining the tradition of excellence we all value in our Saratoga library. How can you help?
Join our organization - Membership envelopes are available at the library and at the Book-Go-Round or join online by following the links on our website.
Shop at the Book-Go-Round – Find high quality, like-new books for all ages and interests at very low prices. We also feature DVDs, CDs, collectible books, and more.
Visit our two satellite bookstores - We offer gently-used books for sale at the Friends Café Bookstore in the library and the Friends Bookshelves at the Saratoga Community Center.
Volunteer - Join a group of fun and energetic people like you who work together to sell and sort books, increase public awareness of the library, raise funds, and participate in community events.
What images come to your mind at the word “library”?
Pulling the “J” volume of the World Book encyclopedia off the shelf for a report on Thomas Jefferson?
Holding the hand of a toddler on the way to Story Time?
That quiet moment when, immersed in your book, you realize you are surrounded by dozens of others, also immersed in theirs?
Each of us has our own cherished library memories, tucked away in our minds like so many books upon a shelf.
The library is an institution that celebrates the life of mind. Keeping our libraries thriving and rich for ourselves and the generations to come is a worthy endeavor. Won’t you join us?
President, Friends of the Saratoga Libraries
The Friends does not sell, or make available externally, its membership list. Friends is a 501 (c)(3) organization EIN 94-2831256. Your membership and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. Donations made after July 1 are included in the following membership year.