Our Story

An All Volunteer Run Nonprofit

Most public libraries have Friends groups that support them by raising money for programs, projects, and the extra monetary needs of the library beyond their budgets. Prison libraries are not as fortunate, yet the need is great. Due to a lack of funds for prison libraries, current books, highly sought after titles, and other resources are not always available.


The Friends of the San Quentin Prison Library work to support and supplement the needs of the library to better serve their patrons. Through community fundraising and collaborations with bookstores and vendors, we work to fill the shelves with current resources. If other needs arise, we work with the community to fill those needs.


Our long term goal is to use the centrality and name recognition of San Quentin to support other California state prison libraries with their needs as well.

We are a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund, a California nonprofit corporation and registered 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID (EIN) 46-1323531.

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