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 contact the Friends, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

To join the Friends or donate online, please do so via Network For Good.

Check out our 2015 Newsletter and enjoy guest speaker Carol Troyen Lohe's presentation "Curatorial Curiosities" given at the 2015 Friends Annual Meeting:

The Friends' Ongoing Book Sale


Book Sale Specials:

The Yale Shakespeare (complete) – 40 volumes, 1965 ed. - $40

National Geographics (bound) from mid-1970’s

“Deutsche Geschichte” – 12 vol.,publ. 1987 - $40 (German history, covers 500-1982), pub. Heinrich Pleticha

Soncino Talmud (1938 ed. 34 volumes + Index) $72

Time Life Library of Art. 28 volumes. Complete. $70

The Holy Bible (Old and New Test.) - 14 vols., Lmtd Ed. 823/1000, publ. ca 1910 - $50

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if interested.

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.

Book Donations

To Donate Books, please bring them to the Main Branch. We accept donations of books and other materials, including CDs, DVDs, tapes, videos, audio books, LPs, magazines, games (video- and board-!)... Please drop bags or boxes of these items on the Main Library loading dock at the rear of the building, off School St. You may drop these items off at any time, but if you want a tax receipt, you must drop them off between 9 and 4 on weekdays -- ring the bell and a staff member will give you a signed receipt. If you need help unloading, also ring the bell and we will attempt to find a custodian to assist. Please do not drop large amounts of these items at the circulation desk, and do not place any in the book drops. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)for information about pickups.

What happens to these materials? The vast majority are sold in the ongoing Book Sale of the Friends of the Library, located on both the first floor and the ground floor of the Main Library. Of the remaining, most are donated to various charities in the greater Boston area, and a small percentage are sold online through an independent agent, from whom the Friends receive a percent of the sales price. When making donations, 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.

To contact the Friends, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).