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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Amherst Town Library

A note from your Friends of the Library...

The Friends of the Amherst Town Library are a Friendly group of over one hundred volunteers interested in supporting, enhancing and promoting the excellence of this local library. We help out in the areas of "it would be nice but…the money isn't in the budget," or "the staff is already stretched too thin."

Membership does not require a lot of active involvement although we do love to welcome any new helping hands! We:

  • Fundraise with 3 annual book sales, our annual Trivia Night, and online bookselling.
  • Subsidize library services and programming including museum passes, concerts, and children's room activities.
  • Arrange displays and art exhibits including the ever popular Student Art Show.
  • Finance larger gifts and contribute funds for capital improvements.

We wholly depend on contributions generated from annual membership dues, fundraisers and public donations.

Become a Member

The Friends of the Amherst Town Library would like to invite you to join our growing organization. Your membership helps to offset some of the Library expenses for special programs such as Museum Trips, the Student Art Show, Holiday Decorations, Museum Passes, the Summer Program for Children, Capital Improvements like the coffee lounge area and other worthwhile projects. By sending in your Membership dues with the form below, you will be helping the Amherst community and the many activities sponsored by our Library. Memberships are renewable annually in August/September. For new and returning members alike we thank you for your support.

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With your membership comes a free subscription to the Friends quarterly newsletter, Friendly Footnotes, which gives advance notice on upcoming library programs and events, new book lists and feature articles. Members also receive a one-time use fine forgiveness card (up to $15 in value).

  • Book Senior/Student - $10
  • Book Individual - $15
  • Book Family - $25
  • Book Patron - $100
  • Literary Lion - $375
  • Additional Donation - Thank you!

You may also print the membership form and drop it off at the library or mail it to:

Membership Chair
Friends of the Amherst Town Library
14 Main Street
Amherst, NH 03031

Board of Directors

Click here to view a complete list of Board Members



April 1, 2017
Join us for a trip to a Special Docent Tour at The Currier Museum in Manchester to see "Deep Cuts:Contemporary Paper Cutting". Click here for more information or register online here.

May 1, 2017
Join us for a trip to The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see "Art In Bloom". The Amherst Garden Club has been chosen to contribute a display!  Click here for more information.


Want to view the current Friendly Footnotes newsletter?  Click here.

Book Donations

Thank you for your interest in making a donation to the Amherst Town Library. Amherst Town Library welcomes your donated books, audio books, movies, music, and magazines. Your donation will be added to the library’s collection or sold at the book sale to help enhance our programs and services.

We will accept

  • Hardcover and paperback books in good condition. We cannot use damaged books (e.g. broken bindings, missing pages, soiled, musty or moldy, excessive writing in the text, or water damage)
  • Commercially published media (e.g. CDs, DVDs)
  • Antique magazines (prior to 1960 in good condition)

We cannot accept

  • Damaged books with broken bindings, missing pages, soiled, musty, moldy, smoke or water damage, or excessive writing in the text.
  • Clearly outdated materials (see "specified limits" section below )
  • Magazines (bound or unbound) older than current, periodicals, academic journals
  • Condensed books (Readers Digest)
  • Professional journals
  • Encyclopedias
  • Non-commercially produced media, including copies on paper, CD, DVD, VHS and cassette tapes
  • Computer programs
  • VHS movies or cassette music tapes 

We accept certain materials within specified limits:

  • Price guides and almanacs (less than 2 years old)
  • Medical and financial advice books (less than 5 years old)
  • Travel guidebooks (less than 5 years old, or antique)
  • Computer manuals (less than 5 years old)
  • Textbooks (less than 5 years old)
  • Test preparation guides (less than 5 years old)
  • DVDs, Games System Games (PS3, PS4, XBox, Wii etc)

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I go to donate my books and other items?

Donations should be brought to the Circulation desk. We cannot pick up donations (though special arrangements may be made for large collections of high quality books).

I have a lot of items to donate. Should I just bring them in?

We will accept large donations. Books should be boxed in a sturdy box with a weight of no more than 35 pounds. If you are donating 5 or more boxes of books, we would prefer that arrangements be made in advance with the Circulation desk to make sure to have space and ability to process them.

How much can I claim as a charitable donation?

We do not determine the value of the donation. Receipts can be provided designating how many paperbacks and hardbacks were donated.

What happens to the items I donate?

Depending on the quality and condition of the donated items, they will be put into our book sale; put in general collection; given away or recycled.

Book Sales

The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale is usually held the second or third Saturday in September. The 2017 Book Sale will be held Saturday, September 16th at the Amherst Congregational Church.  Click here for more information.

The Friends also hold two smaller sales: on the common during the Town's Fourth of July celebrations and a special holiday sale at the Library in December.

In addition, The Friends run an ongoing book sale at the library located in the Bookcase on the right as you enter the library.

  • All Books $1.00
  • Videos and CDs $1.00
  • Friends of the Amherst Library Canvas Book Bags - $20.00