Mission Statement

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library is a non-profit, volunteer-run, donor-funded organization that collaborates with library staff to provide high quality resources and programming to patrons of all ages and backgrounds. We believe that our library is a vital community asset to be enjoyed now and in the future. We welcome and value the participation of anyone interested in keeping our library modern, accessible, and relevant to the needs and interests of Swampscott residents.


The Friends was founded in the 1960s and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1984. In March of 2010, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, State Senator John Tierney presented the Friends with a Certificate of of Special Congressional Recognition. The Friends continues to thrive today due to the efforts of its board and core volunteers and the ongoing generosity of its supporters.

What We Fund

  • Children’s Room programming, including summer programming and Family Night
  • Teen programming, including book groups, art classes, and local band concerts
  • A wide range of adult programming and activities
  • Author events
  • Passes to local museums
  • A bi-monthly newsletter


President: Gail Brock

Treasurer: Ian Brock

Clerk & Assistant Treasurer: Elizabeth Redstone

Assistant Clerk: Alison Kenney

Special Benefactors

Libraries are our friends. — Neil Gaiman