Friends Advocacy

The goal of advocacy work is to ensure a strong level of public investment in a particular cause. The Friends engages citizens and elected officials to support and sustain public investment in the library.

The majority of our advocacy work is at the local level with the City of Saint Paul. Sometimes we call on constituents like you to contact your city councilmember, sign a petition, or attend a meeting. Your voice as a citizen is critical to show our legislators that residents value their library.

About Local Advocacy: City of Saint Paul

How Funding Works
The Saint Paul Public Library is a department of the City of Saint Paul. For Saint Paul residents, a portion of their tax dollars goes toward library funding.

Advocacy Efforts
Each year, The Friends works with the Saint Paul Public Library to determine funding priorities and puts together a platform based on those needs. The Friends advocacy committee then presents that platform to the Mayor and City Council to request that the Library funding priorities are part of the City’s annual budget.

Contact us to learn how you can get involved with this important work.


The need for a strong library is greater than ever.