Friends of the Port Townsend Library

funds programs, services, and materials beyond what the city’s library budget can cover.


Here’s what we support and supply

  • About 1,500 programs since 2015, with more than 35,000 participants

  • Book sales three times a year

  • Annual Community Read, featuring books by local and nationally known writers

  • Author talks and events, for all genres of bibliophiles

  • Summer Read for all ages—a different theme every year

  • Books for Babies—a bag and board book for every new mom and baby born at Jefferson Healthcare

  • Children’s storytimes and sing-alongs

  • Programs for teens

  • Book Lovers’ Café book club

  • Book club kits, each containing ten books, available for any book club

  • Unusual items to check out—sewing machine, bear vault, daypack with binoculars, fly-tying kit


Check out our book sales, three times a year

Each March, June, and October, the Friends holds a sale of high-quality books in the Community Center in uptown Port Townsend, at the corner of Lawrence and Tyler streets. These well-attended sales provide about 40 percent of the Friends’ annual income, and all sale proceeds go to support library programs.

We sell donated books, as well as some from library surplus. Teams of devoted volunteers cull, sort, and ready the books for transportation, storage, and final sale.

Book sales in 2020 were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. We hope they can resume in 2021.

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Our bylaws

Established in 1978, the Friends revised its bylaws in 2020 to better align with best practices for Washington State nonprofit organizations.

There is not such a cradle of democracy on earth as the Free Public Library, . . . where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.

Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919)

Friends of the Port Townsend Library

PO Box 452
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Friends of the Port Townsend Library is qualified for tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN 91-1344812. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

© 2019 Friends of the Port Townsend Library