There are many ways to support the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.  Here you will find information about how to get involved in your research library.


The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation's mission is to provide enhancements to the Fulton County Library System that are beyond the reach of taxpayer dollars through fundraising and advocacy for library programs and materials.

Over thirty years ago a small group of far-sighted citizens understood that a great library would not be possible through public funding alone. In an effort to extend the reach of programming and resources, they established the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation. The Foundation and the Library work together to determine where private funds are most needed and impactful. Private gifts to the Foundation are the greatest affirmation of the important role libraries play in our communities and our lives.



The Friends of the Auburn Avenue Research Library (FOAARL) cultivates a closer relationship between local, national, and international communities and the Research Library; increases public awareness of and expands the use of the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL); initiates, organizes, promotes, and encourages cultural and educational activities; and, stimulates gifts, collections, and endowments for AARL and Research Library activities.


Donating to AARL through the Foundation Electronically

  • Visit the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation at https://afplf.org/
  • Click on the "Donate Now" button on the top right corner of the foundation's home page
  • Enter all of the required information on the gift form
  • It is important to add either "Auburn Avenue Research Library" or "Choose AARL" in the additional comments field

Donating to AARL through the Foundation by Mail

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Download a donation form: AFPLF Donation Form

Donating to AARL through the FOAARL

  • Write check out to "Friends of Auburn Avenue Research Library"
  • Add "Auburn Avenue Research Library" in the "For/Memo" field of check

Send completed checks to the attention of the Administrative Office at:

Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30303



PLEASE NOTE: The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL) will not be accepting volunteer applications until further notice.

Visit us at www.fulcolibrary.org/aarl or on our social media networks for updates regarding volunteer services.


If you have questions, please contact the Volunteer Services Office Fulton County Library System at:

101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Telephone: 404-612-9486 alt, or 9479.

Or to reach someone directly related to volunteering at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, please contact us at:

Telephone: 404-613-4010

Volunteers have provided a primary means of support for the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History since its establishment in 1994. The Library provides several avenues for volunteer opportunities:



  • Assist with shelving and shifting of materials
  • Assist with processing of archival materials (i.e. staple removal, photocopying, filing, some preservation, and retrieval, etc.)
  • Assist with new acquisitions by applying the aforementioned activities
  • Assist with storage of processed materials


  • Assist with program activities
  • Assist with program development
  • Distribute programs at Library sponsored events
  • Fold and staple event programs
  • Meet and greet guests


  • Inventory the book collection in the Reference Division and identify those titles that are not a part of the computer catalogue listing.
  • Read and review various newspapers and periodicals.
  • Identify articles, by and/or about African Americans, and/or the African Diaspora, stamp with AARL stamp, record the name of the source, date, and page on each article.


  • Acknowledge and welcome patrons entering and exiting the facility.
  • Monitor the Visitors' Sign-in/Sign-out Notebook/Sheets
  • Respond to inquiries about the library's resources, services, and programs
  • Maintain brochures, exhibit flyers, and other promotional materials
  • Provide assistance for large events and programs held at the library
  • Assist with special projects



We are truly grateful for your interest in volunteering! Please note that due to COVID-19 closures we do not have any open volunteer positions. We are accepting all applications and will confirm availability once the libraries open to full capacity and volunteer projects are restarted. All volunteers are asked to complete, sign, get a parent/guardian signature (if under age 18) and return a Volunteer Application

We do not have any virtual volunteer opportunities, but please review organizations listed on www.handsonatlanta.org that need assistance at this time.

Application for Volunteer Service- can be submitted to the Volunteer Services Office of the Fulton County Library System by email ( vol.services@fultoncountyga.gov), mail (Auburn Avenue Research Library), fax (404-612-0534) or dropped off at any of our open branch locations.

If you need to complete community service for or in anticipation of court, lawyer, employment or school requirements, you must contact Volunteer Services at 404-612-9486 to discuss additional paperwork that is needed. Please note we do not accept all charges and we cannot guarantee hours can be completed in the allotted time frame. Please start early, so we can try to best assist you.

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