Dear Library Supporter,

Please join us to help the South Orange Public Library
continue its services to our community!

No Friends Book Sale This Year

The Friends Book Sale is our main fundraising event for the Library
each year. But the 2020 sale had to be cancelled because of the
COVID-19 crisis. Due to the same crisis, providing support
for the South Orange Public Library is more critical than ever.

You Can Help

Since we can’t hold the book sale this year, we need your donation
to help raise $10,000 for Library programs and books in 2020-2021.

Your donation will help the Friends of the South Orange Public Library
fund new books, the film series, the
children’s summer reading program, and museum passes, among other Library programs and activities, responsive to the community’s current needs.

Please click here to donate.

Thank you for supporting your Libraryand your community!


Annual Book Sale Postponed


Our main fundraiser, the Annual Book Sale, cannot be held at its usual time and place this June. You can still help the Library! Read on for options.


Your membership or donation
means the world to us.

Join, renew, or donate

"BIN" sorting your books while at home? The Green Bin outside the Library is open for business! Donations are picked up twice a week.
Please do not leave anything outside the bin.
If it is full, come back another day -- Wet books don't help earn money for us.

Ongoing Initiative with Little Free Libraries in the Village

Check out the four Little Free Libraries around the village that are maintained by The Friends of the SOPL!

The Village Green link to an article on the Little Free libraries we keep well stocked. 


Little Free Library outside of Starbucks, at the South Orange train station.

Little Free Library near the tennis courts at The Baird Center.


 Take a book, leave a book!



Friends of the South Orange Public Library monthly meeting is the second Monday of each month. During the pandemic, the Friends are meeting online; we will resume in-person meetings when it is safe to do so. 


The Community Meeting Room, lower level of the South Orange Library, 65 Scotland Rd, South Orange.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

All are welcome! Ample parking off in the parking lot behind the library!


That BIG GREEN BOX turns books into fund$ for the library!

Wondering about that green "Drop Books Here" box outside the library in the parking lot? The Friends of the SOPL have partnered with Better World Books to earn a percentage of their profits for our library and help spread literacy throughout the world. Read more about it here.

It's NOT a place to return library books but you can DONATE books you no longer want! It's a great way to get rid of those "hard-to-give-away" books such as encyclopedias, users' manuals, and textbooks. Our volunteers keep on top of reporting when this box is full, and your donations get picked up in a timely manner. (During our book donation days for our annual Book Sale, we temporarily pause donations at the green box)


Paula Poundstone says, Join the Friends!

Friends of SOPL
65 Scotland Rd
South Orange, NJ

973-762-0230 (library)

Did you know??

New library books purchased with donated Friends of the SOPL funds have circulated over
700 times!

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The Friends of the South Orange Public Library is a 501c3 charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.