Boston Public Library

City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library

Affiliates of the Library


City-Wide Friends book coverLearn about the history of the City-Wide Friends by reading The City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library : the first decade, 1987-1997. It is available in digital form at the Internet Archive to download or to read online instantly.

The City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library was founded in 1987 for the purpose of:

  1. Promoting public awareness of the Boston Public Library system and its resources
  2. Furthering appreciation of the value of the Library as a cultural and educational asset
  3. Supporting and linking the activities of Branch Library Friends groups

The Friends run a number of programs to support the Library and community, including:

Book Sales

The City-Wide Friends group holds book sales every other month to benefit the library. See the book sale page for a current list of dates.  Donations of books are accepted at the sales or can be dropped off at the Central Library's Circulation Desk at any time.

Membership Volunteers

Are you looking for a great way to get involved and help your library? How about becoming a member of the Membership Committee of the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library. Duties include: coordinating a membership team, staffing the membership table at book sales, stocking membership materials, processing and acknowledging memberships, maintaining the membership database in MS Access, and developing a community outreach program. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please call (617) 536-5400 x2341.


City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library
P.O. Box 286,
Boston, MA 02117
Tel: 617-536-5400 ext. 2341  
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