Friends of the Brookline Library
The Friends is a non-profit organization formed more than thirty years ago for the purpose of fostering close relations between the Brookline Public Library and its community of users. The Friends lend support to the functions, resources, services, and needs of the Library in order to enhance the experience of Library users. In addition to running an ongoing used book sale, the organization's activities include sponsoring educational and cultural programming for adults, teens and children, conducting ESL-related classes, promoting Library staff development, and partnering with other community organizations to benefit the community at large.
To join the Friends or donate online, please do so via Network For Good.
Enjoy guest speaker Carol Troyen Lohe's presentation "Curatorial Curiosities" given at the 2015 Friends Annual Meeting:
The Friends' Ongoing Book Sale
We now have two locations in the Main library where you can peruse our wares - right by the front entrance and downstairs next to the Kookoo's Nest cafe - as well as locations at the Coolidge Corner and Putterham Branches. We feature former library items as well as those donated to the Friends.
- Fiction: 500+ hardcover and paperback novels arranged alphabetically by author.
- Nonfiction: Business biographies, histories, criticisms, how-to , etcetera.
- Children's and Special Features: in bookcase and cart on right side of lobby.
- Other Items: Magazines, books-on-tape, books-on-CD, DVDs, video tapes, music tapes, records & CDs.
Prices range from $1 for most hardback and trade paperback books, to pocket change for magazines and children's books, and special pricing for other items, CD's, DVD's and the like.
What happens to these materials? They are received and processed by the Friends of the Library for their ongoing Book Sale, located on both the first floor and the ground floor of the Main Library. Items that are not sellable to the local community are donated to various book charities in the greater Boston area. Please exclude books missing covers, pages (including brittle or loose) or with mold or mildew. Also, exclude textbooks more than 5 years old. Any items in poor or moldy condition will be discarded immediately.