Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  The Friends is an entirely volunteer-run organization and generously supports the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.  Funds generated by the Friends Book Store provide the Library with revenue to purchase new books and fund special programs. Almost 30% of the budget of the BHML is funded by proceeds from the bookstore.

The Friends Book Store is open almost year-round to the great joy of booklovers near and far. In addition to great book bargains in every topic area imaginable, browsers can enjoy hundreds of paperbacks, including a large and frequently replenished selection of mysteries for 50 cents each.  VHS tapes and DVDs are also available.

Used Book StoreThe Friends Book Store is located behind the Library in the Hyde House. Open hours increase and decrease as the seasons change. During July and August, the book store is open 7 days a week. The bookstore has no phone, so call the Library for hours.

Donations of books are always welcomed. If a donor in the region is unable to bring books to the Library, call 633-3112 and ask to be transferred to the bookstore — arrangements will be made to pick up gift books.  Donations may be made when the store is open; and after hours in the large plastic bin behind the store (near the Library parking lot).  Please note, donations are only accepted during the Friends Book Store’s open season, April-November.

Because of space limitations, the Friends of the Library have made the following changes to their policy for accepting used books.  Please be considerate and follow this policy when considering material for the store. The Friends of the Library request that donations include only:

  • Gently used books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • We ask that that all items be in saleable condition; before donating an item ask yourself, “Would I buy this item?”

The Book Store cannot store, display or sell old textbooks and dictionaries or torn, soiled or musty books, all of which need to go to the dump. Pre-2005 travel guides, atlases, and textbooks are also too space consuming and no one has purchased an encyclopedia in years.  With a heavy heart these must also be consigned to the dump.

Thank you for your generosity and cooperation!

The Friends of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library