Friends of the
beverly hills public library

The Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Library's tradition of service to the community. The Beverly Hills Public Library has won many awards and repeated national recognition.

Friends raises funds and sponsors activities that supplement, enhance, and enrich the Library's collections and programs. 

Friends’ membership fees, book-store revenues and donations provide many of the Library's best-loved and most needed resources.

Please join us. We can't do it without you. 

 The Enchanted Woods room for children of all ages.

The Enchanted Woods room for children of all ages.



Friends of the Beverly Hills Library was organized in 1959 to promote the first bond issue that built the library. Since its beginnings, Friends has played a significant role in the development of the Library. Friends’ activities and programs receive enthusiastic local participation and attract attendees from all over the Los Angeles area.

Friends is a vital organization, growing and responding to the demands of the community. We are ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things.

 Toddler Reading Group

Toddler Reading Group

Among the most recent programs funded by Friends are:

  • A free annual Summer Reading Club that keeps thousands of local kids engaged and excited about reading between school terms
  • Year-round Storytime programs for babies, toddlers, and families
  • Regular deliveries of Library materials to the homebound
  • The Teen Zone that gives local teenagers a place to do homework and joint projects and enjoy books, games, and companionship year-round
  • A valuable collection of fairy tales and extraordinary selection of collectible books and artwork for young children housed in the charming Enchanted Woods room
  • A Book Club for Adults, which has built an enthusiastic following from throughout the Los Angeles area
  • The Friends Bookstore located in the Library’s lobby and staffed by volunteers, boasts a large, fast-changing inventory of new books, used books, collectibles, and out-of-print books in all genres from fiction to cookbooks
  Charlotte Rae and her son, Larry Strauss, in conversation at our May Open Meeting

Charlotte Rae and her son, Larry Strauss, in conversation at our May Open Meeting

Enchanted Woods Entrance, Right
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For your convenience you may make your donation to the Friends by clicking below.

Click here for a printable copy of this form.

Enclose your check (payable to Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library) and mail to:

The Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library Donations
444 N. Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210-4877

I want to support the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library at the following level:

  • Circle of Friends                      $1,000 and above
  • Benefactor                               $500
  • Sponsor                                   $250
  • Family                                      $100
  • Individual                                 $50

Contributions are tax deductible.


TRIBUTES & Endowments

Commemorate a special occasion, pay tribute to someone or honor someone's memory by making a contribution to the Friends Tribute Fund. Donors and honorees receive prompt, discreet acknowledgements. 

The Friends of the Library accepts donations to the "Harris Fund- Visually Handicapped" for library materials geared to the visually handicapped. Checks made payable to "Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library" should note "Harris Fund - Visually Handicapped" on the memo line. 

For gifts of $35 or more for a book acknowledgement in the subject area of your choice and inscribed with your honoree's name. You and the designated recipient will be informed of the specific title after purchase. 

To make your tax-deductible contribution, print the
Tribute Fund form, enclose your check, and mail to: 
The Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library
Tribute Fund
444 N. Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210-4877

 Flight of Imagination 

Flight of Imagination 

 Volunteer Holiday Luncheon at Beverly Hills City Hall

Volunteer Holiday Luncheon at Beverly Hills City Hall

The Friends oversee an Endowment Fund that benefits collections and programs within the Library. All funds are invested in safe and secure monetary institutions that generate interest to be used for future library needs. The donor may request the funds be utilized in a specific area or leave the decision to the Friends Board of Directors. 

Endowments have benefited music collections, fine arts lectures, children’s art and the computer lab. The Enchanted Woods collection was also made possible by an endowment. 

If you have any questions, please call the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library direct phone line at (310) 288-2286 Many gifts of this nature are tax deductible, please check with your tax advisor for verification. 

Your donation is greatly appreciated.




Steven J. Ross is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life.  His most recent book, Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America is a Los Angeles Times Bestseller and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. His previous book, Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics, received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Film Scholars Award. Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America, received the Theater Library Association Book Award for 1999.

Ross’ Op-Ed pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, International Herald-Tribune, Hollywood Reporter, HuffingtonPost, Daily Beast, and Politico.

½ Price Sale in the Bookstore
December 8th through December 22nd

Book Sale

Palarz Book Group

The 1st Tuesday at 10:15am
The 2nd Wednesday at 10:15am
The 3rd Thursday at 1pm
Annual membership in Friends admits a reader to all meetings or $5 per session is requested. 
No sign-up is necessary.
Readers may attend any day,

The book group is on hiatus for December.

by Min Jin Lee

Tuesday, April 3 at 10:15 am
Wednesday, April 11 at 10:15 am
Thursday, April 19 at 1 pm

by Sara Wheeler

Tuesday, June 5 at 10:15 am
Wednesday, June 13 at 10:15 am
Thursday, June 14 at 1 pm

by Phaedra Patrick

Tuesday, May 1 at 10:15 am
Wednesday, May 9 at 10:15 am
Thursday, May 17 at 1 pm

(others welcome)
(1985 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture)

Wednesday, June 20 at 10 AM



$1 Book Sales!

February 22nd – 25th

May 17th – 20th

August 23rd – 26th

November 15th – 18th

½ Price Sale in Bookstore is December 9th through December 23rd.

 Ursula manning the store

Ursula manning the store

The Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library welcomes your book donations. Friends Book Shop revenues support some of the Library's best-loved programs.


We accept:

  • Hardcover books in good condition (not condensed, damaged in any way or w/excessive writing)
  • Paperbacks in good condition (not warped)
  • Children’s books (especially award winners)
  • Reference books (only current editions, please.)
  • DVDs, and CDs (operable and in their original casings)
  • Magazines that are no older than 3 months old
 Book Store

Book Store

We do not accept:

  • Periodicals or magazines
    (We only accept periodicals or magazines published in the last 3 months)
  • Directories or phone books
  • Activity books, Tax or Government Documents

The Friends Book Shop is located off the Library lobby.  
Open: Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm - Tuesday: 10am - 8pm - Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Queries for the store should call 310.288.2209, for volunteering 310.288.2286 and for book donations 310.288.2271

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Board of directors


Kristin Jameson
Tillie Borys
1st Vice President
Lee Saltz
2nd Vice President               
Lori Goldman
3rd Vice President
Jeannette Manelbaum
3rd Vice President
Nam Kim
Michele Gabai
Recording Secretary
Joyce Ziman
Corresponding Secretary

Past Presidents

Monique Maas Gibbons
Lori Goldman
Ann Golenternek
Betty Harris
Barbara Linder
Jean Rosenblatt
Barbara Sadoff
Charlotte Skura


Fran Behrstock
Carol Epstein
Martha Galvan
Debra Gordon
Helene Harris
Rosanne Keynan
Ursula Levi
Virginia Maas
Karyn Newman
Eileen Olsen
Karen Richman
Launa Romoff
Karen Rushfield
Victoria Wilson

President Monique Gibbons

Our wonderful Beverly Hills Library has been recognized by the Library Journal as a 5 Star Library!  Only 2 libraries in the state of California received this recognition and although we are not surprised, we are very proud.  We feel a little responsible since our Friends organization works so hard to support this amazing community resource in so many ways such as supporting the collections and sponsoring the children and adult programming.

I talk to people in the community all the time who are not aware of the incredible resources that the library has available.  If you have a minute, take the time to look through some of the FREE electronic resources available online here.  These include e-books and magazines, video concerts, online language courses and more!  If you don’t have time to go to the library, your library can come to your computer or reading device.

In 2018, the Friends are looking forward to helping support the expansion of the electronic resources of the Beverly Hills Library.  We do this with the funds we raise from our Library Bookstore and from your donations.  You can now donate to the Friends online here on our site.  Thank you so much for your support.


Kristin Jameson
President of the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library