ALL LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED AND ALL LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND STORYTIMES ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  Curbside Service is available Monday-Saturday,  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at all locations. Curbside Service will not be available on July 4.   Online circulation service for renewing and placing holds will not be available from July 5-8, please call or email your requests.

Friends of the Library Newport Beach Public Library

Friends of the Library Board

Friends of the Library Board

  • Amy Hunt, President
  • Pam Crook, 1st VP/Programs
  • Elena Yuasa, 2nd VP/Membership
  • Ita Vandenbroek - 3rd VP/Book Sales
  • Susan Caine, Treasurer
  • Catherine Wallach, Secretary
  • Katie Loss, Marketing Director
  • Wendy Frankel, Bookstore Manager
  • Paul Fliegelman, Volunteer Coordinator

Friends of the Library Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month except for June and December at 9:30 a.m.

Friends of the Library Bookstore

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It's been a very difficult decision, but we decided to be socially responsible and close the Friends' Book Store. We will re-open when the Library is re-opened to the public. We will keep you updated.

Please do NOT drop off any donations during this time. Many thanks to all of you for your support and especially to our dedicated cadre of volunteers. 

Friends Present Gift of $185,000

The Friends of the Library presented City and Library officials with a check for $185,000 at the Newport Beach City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 10.

Friends of the Library President Amy Hunt and Friends Bookstore Manager Wendy Frankel made the presentation to Mayor Diane Dixon and Library Director Tim Hetherton.  Amy Hunt said, “We are thrilled to be able to donate this money to the Library.  We know it will be wisely used.”  She also noted that one of their volunteers had added up the donations given to Newport Beach Public Library over the past fourteen years and it totaled over $3.5 million.  Even more surprising, the donations are generated  from used book sales at $1 per book at the Friends of the Library bookstore.

According to Library Director, Tim Hetherton, “This gift will augment the Library collections at all locations, in all formats and for all age groups. The funds will also sponsor programming for all ages, such as Summer Reading, National Library Week, Young Adult programs and First Grade Class Visits.”   

The Friends of the Library Bookstore, in addition to quarterly book sales, generates funds year-round for children programs, summer reading materials, furnishings, services and collections.  The Friends Bookstore is located inside the Central Library at 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach. Donations of used books are always welcome.

For more information about the Friends of the Library, visit the website at

 Photo (left to right):  Library Trustees Paul Watkins and Janet Ray, Librarians Melissa Hartson, Debbie Walker and Rebecca Lightfoot, Mayor Diane Dixon, Friends of the Library president Amy Hunt, Friends of the Library Bookstore Manager Wendy Frankel, Library Services Director Tim Hetherton.


BOGO (Buy One Get One) dates on which Friends of the Library Members receive 50% off everything in the bookstore will be re-scheduled once the Library and Bookstore re-open to the public. Stay tuned!


Our Big Book Sale dates will be announced once the Library and Bookstore re-open to the public.


The Friends of the Library presented City and Library officials with a check for $116,377.21 at the Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday, November 27.  Appropriately, it was "Giving Tuesday," the perfect day to make another big gift to the Newport Beach Public Library.  That brings our grand total for the year to $296,377.21!  Thank you to all the hard working and generous Friends. You make a difference! This gift will provide funding for the opening day collection and the reading porch furniture at the Corona del Mar Branch Library.


Do you and your family members shop at Amazon?

Now you can continue to shop at Amazon and give 5% of your purchases in cash to the Friends of the Newport Beach Library!  Here's how:

  1. Instead of logging in at, log in at
  2. Log in with your user name and password just like you always do.
  3. Go to the word SUPPORTING under the search box.
  4. Type in FRIENDS OF NEWPORT BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY and click SEARCH. When you see our name, click on SELECT.
  5. You are set to do your purchasing just like you always do.
  6. Each time you want to purchase something on Amazon, always log into Amazon Smile.

While you're here... 

Did you know that the Friends’ Bookstore sells on Amazon? It gives us an opportunity to display some of our premium books and boost our gift to the library.

Check out our seller page: Little Avocado2 Books

The Friends

Founded in 1957 by a small group of volunteers, the Friends of the Library take pride in helping to maintain the excellence of the library system. The Friends Bookstore donates all of its revenue to the library to fund various needs and projects. Your continued patronage of the Friends Bookstore is vitally important and appreciated.


The Friends Bookstore
is located in the

Newport Beach Central Library
1000 Avocado Avenue, 
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-9667

Monday - Saturday
10:30-4:30 p.m.
Sunday - 1:00-4:00 p.m.



Other benefits of membership:

  • Shop on the first day of the Quarterly Book Sale for best selection.
  • A free lunch in June with a noted author as speaker.
  • Supporting the library and its fabulous programs

Become a member today!

Download and print the membership brochure application or pick up a membership application at the Friends Book Store in the Central Library.


Contact Friends of the Library at:

Book Donations

We LOVE your donations, however, we are not accepting ANY donations until the Library is re-opened to the public.

Questions About Book Donations?