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.

book sales are back!


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 Lower Level Conference Room B in of the McKim Building.


The February 4 Sale was cancelled due to the frigid conditions. There may be a possible resscheduled sale prior to april

next sale october 7



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 Lower Level Conference Room B in of the McKim Building.


All proceeds from the sale go to the City-Wide Friends of the
Boston Public Library, a community based organization
that supports the Boston Public Library
Cash,check,and credit/debit card accepted
Books, DVDs, CDs, Records


All books with the exception of Specials, will be $1! There will be plenty of books and DVD's.
A good chance to stock up


our annual meeting will be held on Saturday June 17th from 1:30-3:30PM in the Commonwealth Salon. All are welcome.


Volunteers Needed

Please call (617) 859-2341 or email cwfbpl@hotmail.com


2023 Dates

  • • february 4 • april 1 • june 3 • august 5 • October 7


  • • December 2


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 We cannot accept VHS tapes, encyclopedias, or out of date computer books.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 Faneuil Branch Library

    • 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

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    • Friends of the Parker Hill Branch



    "A library is thought in cold storage." Herbert Samuel

    Book Sales

    Book sales are on the first Saturday of even-numbered months from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Central Library’s McKim Building at Copley Square.
    Most hardcovers are $2, most paperbacks are $1, “special” new and collectible books are individually priced. 
    Inventory includes thousands of books in all genres (children’s, young adults, history, sci-fi, romance, mystery, fiction, classics, reference, foreign language, and more). We often have “sales” within sales.”  For example, romance novels might be four for $1.

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  • Membership

    "Have you joined your Friends of the Library? Library lovers everywhere are invited and encouraged to join their local Friends of the Library group. These dedicated volunteers advocate for libraries, raise much needed funds, sponsor programs and special events, and host popular used book sales. If you haven't joined your Friends, contact us and find out how to join today." Association of Library Trustees

    The power of a Friends group is its members.  We represent a variety of interests, talents, and financial support allowing the Boston Public to meet and exceed its goals.





    We make a living from what we earn,

    We make a life from what we give . . .

    What we do for ourselves dies with us,

    But what we do for others lives forever."

    - Winston Churchill


    The Friends are always eagerly welcoming volunteers. This is a great opportunity to meet people, gain experience, and make a huge impact on our community!



    Please consider a donation to the Friends and help us

    Continue to:

    •Sponsor the Central Library's Museum Pass program 

    • Provide the various branch grants

    •Contribute to the preservation of the libray's historical treasures

    And Much More! 










    Please Contact Us

    If you would like more information about the Friends please call, email or sign up for our mailing list below.

    Or Just Make a Call 617-859-2341

    City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library

    P.O. Box 286, Boston, MA 02117