The Friends of the Etna Branch Library provide volunteer and financial support to keep your library open. Your donation to the Friends group will be used to continue library services and programs for our community.
The Friends of the Etna Public Library was formed as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 1998 in anticipation of the newly remodeled library building (dedicated in 2000). Our goal is to promote and encourage the use of Siskiyou County’s Etna Branch Library by: providing literacy endeavors, increasing educational and cultural opportunities, and expanding exposure to books, computers, and related materials for children, youth, and adults.
In partnership with the County of Siskiyou and the City of Etna, we provide significant financial support to keep the library open, including the purchase of equipment and supplies. Besides employing a part-time library manager (12 hours per week), the Friends have dedicated volunteers to run the library for the rest of the hours (for a combined total of 26 open hours per week) and help maintain the facility (inside and out).
Located in the heart of the town, Etna Library represents a place for the community to gather for education as well as for entertainment. In addition to the usual library benefits of loaning books, DVDs, audio books, and magazines, it offers four computers for patrons to use, a printer-copier, and free Wi-Fi. The library is a popular stop for PCT hikers, not surprisingly. Our Friends Meeting Room is available for groups to conduct meetings or for public forums (up to a capacity of 46 people) for a small fee. This room is also used to sell used and donated library materials for incredibly low prices. Communications are provided through our Facebook page. Public restrooms are an added benefit to the community during library open hours.