Friends of the Library

Book Store

Proceeds from book sales help the Friends provide the Bristol libraries with items and services not included in the annual budget, such as the summer reading program for adults, teens and children.

Book Store Hours:
Monday 1pm-3pm
Thursday 5pm-7pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

About the Friends

The Friends of the Bristol Public Library, Inc. was formed in 1980 as a non-profit volunteer organization. We depend on the energy and enthusiasm of our volunteers to fulfill our purpose and promote our public library as a cultural, educational and recreational asset to the city of Bristol / Forestville.

To find out how you can help, read more below, or contact the Friends 860.584.7787 X 2033, or email

What We Do

The Friends of Bristol Library raise funds, through book sales and other activities, that sponsor and support programs, library materials, and furnishings not supplied by Library resources.

Our efforts help fund:

  • Summer Reading Programs
  • Public & Community Programs
  • Museum Passes
  • Free Copies of Book Page for Library Patrons

How You Can Help

Here are just some of the ways that you can make a difference:

Attend a meeting / join us: Membership is open to all. You can be as active in the organization as you wish. Friends Membership Form

Volunteer your time: Willing workers are always welcome.

Donate: Your donation of books, money, and other materials is greatly appreciated. For more detailed requirements of donated material, please click the button below

Wall of Honor: Memorialize or honor someone with a name plate on our Memorial / Honor plaque, or with a name plate in a book.

Amazon Smile Promotion: The Friends of Bristol Library are now able to receive 0.5% of what you spend on Amazon.  You will not pay anything extra and the shopping will be the same.  If you are interested go to and sign in as you always do – then click on The Friends of the Bristol Library when asked to pick a charity.  You will only have to do this one time but you will need to go to each time you shop.  (There are a million charities registered already).   The Friends have already arranged to have our portion of the sales sent directly to us.   How easy is that!!


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