Friends of WPL

The Friends of the Worcester Public Library, Inc. is a non-profit organization of volunteers helping to enhance the library's services to the people of the Worcester area. We were founded in 1956 to rally public support for a new main library building. Since then we have become known for our huge annual book sale, our gifts to the library, our lectures, programs, contests and special projects. Through advocacy, volunteer services, and fundraising, the Friends strive to enrich the Worcester Public Library in many ways. In particular, the Friends of the Worcester Public Library:

  • Promote public awareness of the Library and its resources
  • Promote appreciation of the Library as a cultural and educational asset for the community
  • Enhance the Library by funding programs and events which are not in the Library budget
  • Sponsor programs and cultural activities which foster a stronger relationship between the community and the Library
  • Raise funds in various ways which help support Library activities and programs
  • Sponsor the museum pass program which offers discount passes to various museums throughout New England

Membership benefits include 20% off purchases at the Friends Bookstore, tax-deductible membership dues, invitations to special events, volunteer opportunities, and the satisfaction of helping to improve Worcester's quality of life. Please join us in support of the library. Click here for a printable form or pick one up at the library. For more information, please call (508) 799-1686.

Please call (508) 799-1686 for more information about the Friends.

Friends of the Worcester Public Library Board Members for 2020-2021:


Rosemary McCarthy - President
Mary Ann Toll - Vice President
David Boulay - Treasurer
Jeanne Gallagher - Recording Secretary/Membership Chair

At Large Members

Sandy Congdon
Terry Dorsey-Potts     
Kevin Dowd
George Mercier    
Chris Weinrobe

Updated 9/7/22

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