Accepting donations only on Saturdays, 10-12pm

Because of limited space at the Library, Friends are taking in donations only on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm. Please bring them to the back of the Library to the Friends’ basement. Please see this page on what types of materials we now accept and do not accept.

We are so grateful for the donations we’ve received so far, and we can’t wait to have our annual big Book Sale next Spring. Stay tuned for further details!


Grace MacNeill, 1924-2021

Grace was a much loved and well known research librarian in the Contra Costa County Library System and worked for 25 years at the El Cerrito Library. She was both a long time Board member of the Friends of El Cerrito Library and Chair before stepping down early this year. She was one of the founding Board members of the El Cerrito Library Foundation. She guided Friends’ annual book sales and, with help of dedicated volunteers (for whom she had strong affection), raised funds for programming, books, and more for the El Cerrito Library. She personally donated generously to both Friends and Foundations fund raising efforts.

We at both the Friends and the Foundation will miss her gentle presence and voice at the Library and Board meetings, and her strong advocacy for all libraries. Thank you and rest in peace, eternal Grace. 

Grace MacNeill’s San Francisco Chronicle obituary, Oct 26, 2021