The Brookline Library Foundation

The Brookline Library Foundation

Founded in 1999, the Brookline Library Foundation’s initial goal was to raise private funds for the restoration of the Brookline Village location of the Public Library of Brookline. The Foundation raised more than $5 million for that renovation and continues to raise capital for all three Brookline libraries. Our funds have supported innovative programs, books and materials, museum passes, new technology and enhancements to our buildings. In addition to conducting an annual appeal, the Foundation often hosts a town-wide party at one of the library’s locations. Each year we recruit community members to run the Boston Marathon as part of TeamBrookline, where those runners raise needed funds for the Brookline Library Foundation and 4 other Brookline non-profits.

Our current big project:  Coolidge Corner Renovation is well underway! Brookline Library Foundation contributed over $400K to the enhancements at the Library. Look forward to a revitalized sun-filled garden courtyard, better use of the space, an open “living room” in the front of the Library and much more! Reopening December 2018.

Recent projects include:

  • Expanded funding provided ($50K+) to increase access to online offerings during the 2020 pandemic
  • Funding for craft-along kits provided to patrons of all ages
  • Purchased Chromebooks and wifi hotspots available for checkout at all libraries
  • Seed contribution to launch the ideaSPACE, Fall 2019
  • A major contribution (500K+) to the 2018 Coolidge Corner Renovation
  • Digital signage, including the TransitScreen TVs displaying local transportation data
  • Subscription services like Kanopy, Hoopla, and Ancestry
  • Children’s Room Renovations and programming at all locations
  • Purchase of museum passes (used by over 4200 patrons in 2019)
  • Funded redesign of outdoor garden space at the Putterham Library in 2017

Support Us

  • Donate to the Annual Appeal – Show that you are a Brookline Library supporter.
  • Explore ways in which you can contribute to the Foundation as a volunteer.  Contact for more information.
  • Interested in supporting our Boston Marathon runners?  Check Team Brookline’s website to meet and support the roster of runners!

Checks in support of our Brookline Libraries may be mailed to:

The Brookline Library Foundation
361 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445

What’s New?

Stay up to date with the Foundation events. For more information or to help with our event planning, please contact:

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Find Your Brickan inscribed brick, part of the brookline library foundation's "find your brick" campaign

As part of the 2000-2002 campaign to renovate the Brookline Village location, donors were able to order inscribed bricks for the library’s walkways. Visit our Find Your Brick page to see a listing of donors and bricks.

Find Your Brick