2017 Members Drive

Renew your membership or become a new member of the Friends of Cambridge Public Library in 2017 with a $25 tax-deductible donation – more is always most welcome!

This June, we collected $26,000 from out Secret Garden Tour alone, with more than 90% of funds going directly to the library.

There are  76,000 Cambridge Public Library cardholders and Friends provide them with:

  • Museum passes
  • Home movie streaming
  • Guest author visits
  • Special programs from time to time and
  • Books, books, books in all their forms for all ages
  • And a new laptop vending machine in the Main Library

This new “laptop vending machine” will permit library card holders to borrow a full service laptop free of charge while in the library, allowing both computer use and access to the internet for school, work or leisure.

Together with our new Director of Libraries Maria McCauley, we hope to explore even more inventive ways to provide equitable access for all Cambridge residents.

What you give makes a difference in the extent of services Cambridge Public Library can provide, so please join us now. If you would like to join in person, Friends will be at the Library Main Branch from 1:00-4:00 pm Saturday and Sundays on the following weekends:

  • November 19th and 20th
  • December 3rd and 4th  
  • December 10th and 11

Many thanks for your support!

Cambridge Cooks

Cambridge Cooks makes a great gift for the cook in your house. On sale this holiday season for $15 for Friends and $20 for the general public, get yours now

Meet The Friends

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.

Join the Friends!  By becoming a member you support our amazing libraries. The membership lasts for one year.