Support the Friends

      Friends members have the opportunity to assist the Library through various committees that strengthen the Library while entertaining and educating the public. You may be able to perform a valuable function that enhances our maritime heritage by volunteering in reference, research, cataloging, membership development, book acquisition, sales, fund-raising, special events, or clerical support. Please contact the Principal Librarian if you wish to explore any of these opportunities at 415-561-7031, or see the Library's support and volunteering webpage for more details.


Library Materials

Donation of books, periodicals and recordings of sea chanteys to the Library Friends is encouraged. These donations are immediately offered to the Library, which selects items to add to the library collection.

Items not selected are then sold at our onsite and internet book sales, with proceeds applied to care of the library collection and purchase of books and other library materials, unless the donor wishes the non-selected portion to be returned or specifies some other disposition.

Such donations to the Library Friends are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. A donor wishing to claim an income tax deduction may need to have the donation appraised. Appraisal, when desired, should be completed before deposit of the donation with the Library Friends, although special arrangements may be made to hold the donation intact for a limited period while the Donor arranges for an appraisal. To protect both the donor and the Library Friends, no appraisal may be made by the Library Friends. Since tax laws change from time to time, donors are encouraged to consult the IRS or a tax expert about current requirements.

In some cases, donors prefer to donate directly to the National Park Service; such donations are also tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information, contact the Book Committee Chairman, Doug Burrill.

Other Donations

There are many other ways you can help:

Estate Planning/Planned Giving

You can: For more information about these opportunites, email or phone the Friends' office at 415-561-7040.

Online Book Sales

The Library Friends sell books online at ABEBooks. To search for our books:
Visit our ABE web page, and select "Search our inventory" or "Browse our inventory." If you order from us, please keep in mind that all work on the book sale is done by volunteers, whose schedules vary, and we appreciate your patience.

Volunteers at work in the Library. And, we could use your help with the booksales! To volunteer, please contact the Book Committee Chairman, Doug Burrill. To volunteer for other Library tasks, please call the Park's Volunteer Office at 415-556-1613.

The Friends of the San Francisco Maritime Museum Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Our federal Tax ID number is: 94-2879-289