Would you like to be our Friend? The Library plays an exciting and extensive role in our community. As Friends, our mission is to support the Library and its many services through donations and projects whose proceeds enhance use of the Library and encourage reading. Individuals and families are invited to join the Friends of the Cerritos Library, and share in the continued support for the services of the Library. Please call (562) 916-1350 for more information about the Friends of the Library. Everyone is a Friend of the Cerritos Library. But why not formalize the relationship?

Members of the Friends of the Cerritos Library receive advance notice of sales and events and are invited to members-only pre-sale days for each Cerritos Library book sale. Meetings are held at the Cerritos Library on the second Monday in February, April, June, October and December at 7:30 p.m. Becoming a Friend is easy. Just download the application here and mail it with your check to our post office box. Forms can also be obtained at the Cerritos Library.

Individual: $10.00 per year
Family: $15.00 per year
Corporation/Organization: $100.00*
Life Membership (single): $100.00*
Donor: $250.00*
*Member’s name will be displayed on the Friends’ Dedication Wall in the Cerritos Library.

Don’t forget to visit the Friends’ Bookstore.
We feature an outstanding collection of gently used books and library-themed souvenirs.

Store Hours:
Monday through Friday  10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cerritos City Council honors the Friends of the Cerritos Library

Friends and Council

The Cerritos City Council honored the Friends of the Cerritos Library for National Friends of the Library Week in 2019. Pictured (left to right) are Mayor Pro Tem Frank Aurelio Yokoyama, Friends Vice President/Programs Tracy Winkler, Friends Treasurer Dhyanesh Bhatt, Friends President Shiva Bhatt (holding proclamation), Councilmember Mark E. Pulido, Friends Vice President/Membership Janice Dawson, Mayor Naresh Solanki and Councilmember Jim Edwards.

The Friends of the Cerritos Library was commended for its dedication to supporting the Cerritos Library through volunteer service and funding for programs such as the Summer Reading Program, art and writing contests for students and library celebrations for staff and patrons.

Friends History:
Organized in 1972, the Friends of the City of Cerritos Public Library, Inc., was established with the purpose of promoting the use of the Library and its many services through donations and various projects.

The Friends were instrumental in making the Cerritos Library the first public library in the United States to be dedicated to the nation’s First Ladies of the White House. Portraits, personal items, autographed books, the Franklin Mint collection of First Ladies’ coins and quotations from Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalind Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush make up this special collection. Materials will be added to this collection throughout the years.

The Friends of the Cerritos Library understands the critical importance of a well-funded library and makes significant contributions to the Cerritos Library by organizing successful book sales, staffing the Friends of the Cerritos Library book store, presenting the Homework Help program and helping to promote library services. The members of the Friends of the Cerritos Library set an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.

The Friends have made many generous and helpful donations to the Cerritos Library. In 2018, the Friends contributed $15,000 to support the Cerritos Library’s purchase and implementation of a replacement radio frequency identification (RFID) system. In 2013, the Friends donated $30,224 to the Cerritos Library for the purchase of 48 new computers for use by the public.


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