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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Corona del Mar Library Grand Opening

The Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Corona Del Mar Library & Fire Station was a wonderful community celebration on July 20.  The firemen grilled up a storm of hot dogs for lunch and the Friends shared delicious home-made cookies for dessert.

We want to thank our donors and customers for making it possible for the Friends to donate $110,000 for brand new books and $6,000 for the patio furniture on the Reading Porch.

Be sure to stop by and enjoy the ambiance inside the newly renovated branch. There's air conditioning inside and a lovely breeze outside on the Reading Porch. Check out the photos of the Grand Opening event.


Friends of the Library members receive 50% off everything in the bookstore on the following days in 2019!


  • Saturday, November 9
  • Tuesday, December 3

Minimum sale is $1.00.  Cost will be rounded up to the nearest dollar.


Friday, November 1
1:00-4:00pm (Members Only)

Saturday, November 2
9:00am-2:00pm Open to the public

This is where you'll find the best book bargains around!  Visit the Central Library and take advantage of the incredible deals.  Don't forget . . . every time you donate or buy a book from the Friends . . . it helps the library!!!


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.


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Donate Books!

Used book donations are always needed! Leave your used book donation at any branch library or at the Friends Bookstore in the Central Library.

Questions About Book Donations?