Friends of the Library


The Friends of Barrington Public Library is a nonprofit organization that supports the library through fundraising and membership. Founded in 1980, the Friends are a group of over 400 library lovers in Barrington and nearby communities.

The Friends raise funds through the continuous Everyday Book Sale located on the main floor of the library, as well as a fall and spring book sale. These raised funds, along with membership dues contribute to the library in the following ways:


  • Programs for children, teens and adults, including the Summer Reading Program
  • Museum Pass Program
  • Books (large-print & audio), movies, and digital books (eBooks & eAudio)
  • Rental Books
  • Contribution of $25,000 to A New Chapter Upstairs Second Floor Renovation project


Elena Winter, President

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Please direct inquiries to the Library Director at, or call 401-247-1920 ext. 307 or 305.


Love your library? Consider becoming a Friend. Your membership helps to enrich the entire community.

Annual Membership is $10 for an Individual or $15 for a Family. 
Join the Friends and mail or drop off the membership form at the library (attached below).

Everyday Book Sale 

Located on the main floor of the library near the Reference Desk.

Some collectible books for sale are listed below:

For those who collect signed first editions/first printings, we offer the following  1)  Dominick Dunne's 1987 novel FATAL CHARMS and 2) Theodore C. Sorensen's WHY I AM A DEMOCRAT, c. 1996.  Both are in pristine condition.  Each is $25.

A COMPILATION OF THE MESSAGES AND PAPERS OF THE PRESIDENTS, prepared by James D. Richardson, published by Bureau of National Literature, and complete in 20 volumes, c. 1897-1914. This is a fascinating collection of notes and messages sent by the American presidents to the Senate and House of Representatives, starting with George Washington in 1789 and ending with Woodrow Wilson in 1914. (Volumes 19 and 20 are indexes.)  The volumes are bound in black leather with gilt page edges and are in generally good condition except for several volumes that are missing parts of their spines$20.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF W. M. THACKERAY, published in New York by Thomas Y. Crowell in 1904.  The set is complete in 15 volumes, bound in green cloth with gilt on top edges of pages.  The set is in good condition and includes such masterpieces as BARRY LYNDON, VANITY FAIR, and a volume containing Thackeray's contributions to "Punch," an index, and his complete bibliography.  $20.

*We received a large donation of CLASSICAL CDs. Most in good condition. Some are unopened. $1/each.

If interested, contact the Reference Desk at 401.247.1920 x2 and ask for Joyce.


Annual Book Sale 2017

Date to be determined.

Mini Book Sale 2017

Date to be determined.


Donate Books

The Friends of the Library welcome your donations.
Some of the items received are given to the library for the collection and others become part of our book sales.

Donations can be received during regular library hours at the Reference Desk and larger donations can be left in the vestibule of the rear of the library, inside the loading dock door.