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, each year we recruit community members to run the Boston Marathon as part of Team Brookline, where those runners raise needed funds for the Brookline Library Foundation and 4 other Brookline non-profits.

Our recent projects include:

  • Subscription services like Kanopy, Hoopla, and Ancestry and expanded funding ($50K+) to increase access to online offerings during the 2020 pandemic
  • Craft-Along Kits provided to patrons of all ages
  • 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
  • Children’s Room Renovations and programming at all locations
  • Museum Passes
  • Redesign of outdoor garden space at the Putterham Library in 2017 and Brookline Village Library in 2021

View the Foundation’s current Board Members.


Support Us

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 by following the Brookline Library Foundation on Facebook and the Brookline Library Foundation on Instagram.


Find Your Brick

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