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.

david viera (1950-2022)

David Vieira, a leader in the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library for over a quarter century, passed away on July 10th after a long illness. In his time he had been president of CWF for 12 years, also serving as Vice President, and most recently, as Branch Liaison for CWF. He was a tireless advocate for patrons and branches of the Boston Public Library, attending probably more branch board meetings, trustee meetings, and committee meetings than anyone else in the history of the BPL. Dave could be loud, bossy, imperious, a Roman emperor of CWF. He was also patient, helpful, and informative to newcomers and those in need of help. At the regular CWF book sales he was the ring master, barker, and voice of the book sale; constantly encouraging customers and staff with ideas such as telling people to shake hands and introduce themselves to whomever was next to them or asking who had come from the most distant city to attend the sale. Nothing was too low or too silly to raise more money for CWF to give to the benefit of the BPL and the branches. In a full life he was active in other fields including local politics, and real estate. He was an avid sail boater, often inviting friends to come sail with him around the Charles River Basin even after he was legally blind. Farther afield he often visited friends on Nantucket, in Connecticut, and even in Florida. He was a constant source of ideas and history of the Library. He knew what had been tried, who had done it, and how it had turned out. He knew where the bodies were buried. He was a gadfly and thorn in the side of Library administrators and bureaucrats and a champion for the branches and patrons of the Library. Those who knew him and benefited from his knowledge will miss him in the future. Those in the future who will never know or benefit from knowing him don't know how much they will be missing. A memorial service is planned for Friday, September 16th, 11 am, at the Forsyth Memorial Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Reception to follow in Hyde Park.



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.


next sale august 6th



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
Masks are recomended but not required inside the Library
Volunteers Needed

Must provide proof of vaccination

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


2022 Dates


  • • August 6


  • • October 1


  • • December 3


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