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Friends of the Brookline Public Library


The Friends of the Brookline Public Library is a non-profit membership organization, founded in 1981, that provides special resources for The Public Library of Brookline, and enhances and enlivens the experience of Library users. In addition to running an ongoing book sale, the Friends sponsors educational and cultural programs for adults, teens and children, conducts ESL conversation classes, helps to broaden the horizons of librarians and staff with professional development and conference grants, and partners with other organizations to benefit the community at large.

Recent activities supported by Friends include:

  • Coolidge Corner atrium garden renovation
  • Harry Potter “Hogwarts at the Library” program
  • Circulating telescopes
  • Circulating iPads for assistive technology and general learning
  • Learn to Knit
  • Lunar New Year celebration
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Lunch Lady author visit and cartoon workshop

To contact us, please email

Donate Books

Interested in donating books to the Friends of the Brookline Public Library? Read our guidelines first.

Book Sale

The Friends’ ongoing book sale features former library items and donated items, including:

  • Fiction: 500+ hardcover and paperbacks.
  • Nonfiction: Business biographies, histories, criticisms, how-to , etc.
  • Children’s and Special Features: set aside so they’re easy to find.
  • Other Items: Audiobooks, movies, music (CDs and vinyl).
  • Special Sets for sale.

Prices range from $1 for most hardback and trade paperback books to pocket change for children’s books with special pricing for CDs, DVDs, and other items.

Connect With Us

Love what we do? Join the Friends or donate online via Network For Good.

Have questions? Contact us at

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Click the links below to view full video recordings of past annual meetings.