The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the acquisitions, programs, and events of the Cambridge Public Library.
The last few years, the Friends have emphasized technology for the library, with the purchase of content for the new collection of e-readers that library patrons can check out and new sound equipment for the large meeting spaces at the Main and Central Square Library Branches. With the goal of bringing more people into the library, the Friends also organize and host a number of community activities. In many cases, the Friends’ support enables the library to provide services for its patrons that go beyond the scope of city and state budgets.
Through membership dues and fundraising events, the Friends sponsors important programming at the library, including:
- free and reduced price museum passes
- the annual Cambridge READS program
- author appearances
- summer reading programs for children and teens
- games for the children’s room
- new collections and equipment for the citywide library system.
The Friends’ signature fundraising event is the Secret Gardens of Cambridge, a popular biennial tour showcasing hidden gardens around Cambridge.
By becoming a member you support our amazing libraries and also receive the following benefits:
- Clothware – 1773 Mass. Ave. (617-661-6441) – 10% off
- Follow the Honey – 1132 Mass. Ave. (617-945-7356) – 10% off
- Nomad Clothing and Accessories – 1741 Mass. Ave. (617-497-6677) – 10% off, with restrictions
- Royal Cleaners – 1105 Mass. Ave. (857-259-4118) – 10% off
- Salt & Oil – 160 Mass. Ave. (857-242-4118) – 10% off
- Professional Geeks – 1105 Mass Ave. – 10% on repairs/service
- Boston Burger Company - 1105 Mass. Ave. – 10% off, excluding alcohol
- Dumpling House - 950 Mass. Ave. (617-661-8066) – 5% off
- Cilantro - 1105 Mass. Ave. (617-945-1768) – 5% off
- Jeana’s Dirty Dog Salon – 298 Concord Ave. (617-868-5377) – $5 off on services
A membership is valid for 1 year.