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.

This year's Membership Drive will take place in December, and you will also be able to purchase our newly published Cambridge Cooks cookbook (Members $20; Non-members $25). Visit the Join page for the Membership Drive schedule and more information about Cambridge Cooks. By becoming a member you support our amazing libraries. The membership lasts for one year. 

The Friends’ signature fundraising event is the Secret Gardens of Cambridge, a popular biennial tour showcasing hidden gardens around Cambridge.