Our Mission

The City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library is a volunteer, community-based organization that seeks to enhance public awareness, recognition, status, and financial support of the library system through advocacy and education. The Friends works cooperatively with the administration of the Boston Public Library, branch library Friends, and with other organizations, institutions, and individuals to support strong libraries throughout Boston as well as furthering appreciation of the value of the Library as a cultural and educational asset, supporting and linking the activities of Branch Library Friends groups, and encouraging volunteers to assist the Library.

Upcoming Sale - December,1 2018


Book sales are on the first Saturday of each even-numbered month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Library in Copley Square in the Cushman Room, located on the third floor of the McKim building just off the Sargent Gallery. The best entrance is via Dartmouth Street.

2019 Dates

  • February 2
  • • April 6
  • • June 1
  • • August 3
  • • October 5
  • • December 7



  • Donations of books are accepted at the sales or can be dropped off at the Central Library's Circulation Desk at any time. We cannot accept VHS tapes, encyclopedias, or out of date computer books.


  • Many of the Boston Public Library Branches have their own Friends Organizations. Please visit them.

    • Friends of the Parker Hill Branch

    • Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch

    • Friends of the Charlestown Branch

    • Friends of the Adams Street Branch

    • Friends of the Hyde Park Branch

    • Friends of the Grove Hall Branch