La Mesa Friends of the Library

About the La Mesa Library

The La Mesa Library is part of the San Diego County Library system. The City of La Mesa owns the land and the building that the library occupies, while the County of San Diego operates the library. This cooperative relationship between the City and the County has served the community well over the years by drawing on resources from both public agencies.

The County of San Diego budgets for a basic level of staffing and service to all of the libraries in its system. In addition, the County often has matching funds that can match, dollar for dollar, any locally generated financial contributions for additional materials or supplies.

The La Mesa library is one of the most active branches in the 33 branch County library system. The funds raised by the Friends of the La Mesa Library go a long way toward providing the materials that patrons of the La Mesa library have long enjoyed.

General Membership Meeting Reminder



Thursday, July 26, at 4:30 PM in the Friends Bookstore

Tentative Agenda to include:

  • Election of Board members for the next two years Proposed slate of officers
    • President – John Schmitz
    • Vice President – Robin Theilmann
    • Secretary – Jonathan Lange
    • Treasurer – Bob Thatcher
    • Board Seats:
      Justin Walker – IT Coordinator
      ​​​Joyce Purcell – Membership
      ​​​Bob Duff - Videographer
      (Names for officers or board seats may be nominated from the floor during the meeting)
  • Financial Report including the budget for Fiscal Year 2018/19
  • Approval of minutes from Board meeting of May, 2018
  • Librarian Report
  • Consideration of an increase in membership dues
  • Status of efforts to obtain more space for the La Mesa Library
  • Plans for 2019 celebration of Friends 50th Anniversary!

Some of our Volunteers

Volunteers in Action

For Minutes and Statements see Friends Meetings page

For Rare and Collectible Books see our Vintage Books page

And for Older Books visit our Older Books page

Want to see our Bord members and President Message? Check out the Board Member Page


President's Message

March 16, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and to look for information about the Friends of the La Mesa Library. The first thing you should know is that the Friends of the La Mesa Library, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation (Tax ID # 33-0638967). All dues and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

The Board of the Friends of the La Mesa Library needs your help! The current board has been in place for over five years and has accomplished a lot. But no volunteer organization can thrive without a constant influx of new people with renewed enthusiasm and new ideas. If you have experience with retail sales, we can use help with the bookstore: sorting, pricing and selling the many books that are so generously donated by our fellow residents. If you have administrative skills, our secretary, membership chair, and treasurer are ready to train and step aside for a new person. Do you have a background in marketing and social media? We could really use your skills in our efforts to promote the Library and the many programs and features offered. If you are interested, please contact me directly at 619-460-1744, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by leaving a message at the bookstore in the Library. If the bookstore is closed, you can leave a message in the Friends donation box in lobby.

As I write this message, the City of La Mesa is entering into its annual budget preparation process. This process began with the recent Town Hall meetings at which the City Council received direct input on community issues from the public. Having attended these meetings, it is clear that the major concerns of many residents are the recent influx of marijuana dispensaries and the ongoing struggle with scofflaws in their cars.

The next step in this budget process will be City Council workshop meetings during which the City staff will outline La Mesa’s current and projected financial situation, along with reports from the various departments on their anticipated work programs. In addition to addressing the expressed concerns of the community, the City is devoting time and effort to the continued revitalization of the La Mesa Village, improvements to the parks and recreational opportunities in the city, and methods and opportunities to complete needed improvements in the La Mesa Civic Center. For over a year and a half, the Friends of the La Mesa Library have reminded the City Council that the current Civic Center Master Plan reflects a commitment made fifteen years ago to provide the residents of La Mesa with a larger and more functional library. We believe that such a building should remain an integral part of any revised vision for the Civic Center.

I invite everyone to attend one of the new Second Saturday Concerts in the library. These start at 1:00 p.m. and go for an hour or an hour-and-a-half. They feature acoustic musicians suitable for the library environment. This pilot program is jointly funded by the Friends and the County Library System and will continue through June. It has been so successful that the Friends’ Board and La Mesa Library staff has agreed to restart the series in September.

If you have any questions or comments about how the Friends are doing, please feel free to contact me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Schmitz, President

Who are the Friends of the La Mesa Library?

The Friends of the La Mesa Library is a group of people from the La Mesa area who believes that a modern, effective library is essential to our community. Formed in February 1969, the Friends have since incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose stated purpose is to promote, preserve, and support library services and patron needs through education of and communication with local libraries and the community

How Can I Become a Friend?

You may join the Friends of the La Mesa Library by paying an annual tax-deductible membership fee. Please see the membership form included on this site.

Friends of the Library Bookstore

The Friends of the La Mesa Library raises the majority of its money from used book sales. Our bookstore is conveniently located just inside the library's front entrance, and is open daily from 1 to 4 PM. Our continued success depends on two things: your donation of new or gently used books, and volunteers to staff and run the bookstore. lf you think you might like to help with our bookstore, please indicate so when you join or renew your membership. All volunteers working in the bookstore and/or the library are required to go through a formal background check by the County.