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.


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.

Book Donations

Due to the overwhelming generosity of our patrons, the Friends are not able to accept donations as of June 23, 2015. This is a short term moratorium while we wade through the donations we have already received. We look forward to accepting items again in the near future, so please check back here before bringing any donations to the library.

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