The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library is a volunteer-driven community membership organization open to all library-loving individuals and families who wish to participate in the ongoing celebration and support of the Cambridge Public Library, its six neighborhood branches located throughout the City of Cambridge, and the diverse population that it serves.
Formed in 1995 for the purpose of helping the library achieve goals beyond its financial capacity, the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, Inc. is a non-profit 501c(3) corporation that dedicates itself to supporting our library’s endeavors with funding for special projects, community events, acquisitions, and new technologies. 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 and to respond quickly as new programming opportunities arise.
What We Do
With our members’ support, the Friends funded the following exciting projects and programs this past year:
- A laptop kiosk, providing comprehensive software and Internet access for in-library use
A 3D printer and software for the new Technology Cart, used for programming such as the Wayfarers teen program this past summer
Admission passes to the Museum of Fine Arts, New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science, and others
Guest author events with Roxane Gay and Jacqueline Woodson
Build a Better World children’s reading program, circulating almost 88,000 items in July and August
Events including a free family friendly concert, Valentine’s Day Tea, Trivia Party, and library open house
Training and appreciation opportunities for library staff
We actively recruit new members, not only to increase funds for the library, but also to expand our reach into the library branches and the greater Cambridge community. We also welcome volunteers to help with library and Friends’ activities, including the Secret Garden Tour.
Get involved today and join us in our ongoing celebration of the Cambridge Public Library. It belongs to you!
2018 Secret Gardens Tour
Our biennial Secret Gardens of Cambridge tour uncovers gardens in neighborhoods all across the city and invites our friends and neighbors to take a peek! Over the years, the tour has featured more than 200 individual gardens in Cambridge. Learn more and buy a ticket today to support the Friends and enjoy local gardens. We hope to see you on June 3, 2018!
2017-2018 Membership Drive
This year, our goal is to raise $90,000 through memberships, donations, events, and book sales. Individual donations to the Friends, most $100 or less, go a long way. We have a volunteer staff, so costs are kept to a minimum.
Suggested membership is $25, but we welcome any level of support. Your membership donation is tax-deductible and membership lasts for one year. Many thanks for your support!