The Friends of the Mountainside Public Library are the primary fundraisers of the MPL. The Friends are volunteers who work hard to raise money in support of library programs as well as other special library needs. Recent gifts from the Friends include:

  • Sponsorhip of all Adult and Children's Programs
  • Monthly music programs
  • New furniture in the Young Adult area
  • New shelving in Children's and Young Adult departments
  • Full sponsor of annual summer reading program for children
  • Computers for patron use
  • Library website maintenance
  • Museum Passes

The Friends also donate beautiful floral arrangements to the library every month.

Meetings are typically held at the library once every six weeks for about an hour. The big annual projects are two book sale fundraisers (one in the spring and one in the fall) and the fall membership drive with a yearly newsletter for the community.

The Friends are always looking for new, active members, especially people with good ideas for publicity and fundraising. If you are interested in joining the Friends of the Library, please call the library at 908-233-0115, pick up a Friends Flier next time you're in the library or reach out via email at


The last five years have been the busiest five years in the history of the Mountainside Library!  Ironically, while demand for library services is at its peak, the library is facing severe cuts in revenue. The MPL's municipal appropriation -- the library's main funding -- has fallen over $90,000 since 2009. That's about 14%! State aid has been cut more than 50%, over $3,000. Hours have been reduced... Staff positions have been eliminated... New Book & DVD purchases have been cut 40%. Your support has never meant so much! Thank you!

Every dollar raised goes right back to the community in the form of library programs and services.

Once a year we ask everyone in Mountainside to join us by donating money to provide resources for the Library and programs for the entire community to enjoy. Our library is a valuable resource to our community! Please join the FRIENDS to help us continue our efforts!


The Friends of the Library are a 501(c)3 Organization - Tax ID 31-165-5823

Print a membership form here.

Membership Categories:

Individual Friend

Special Friend

Silver Level Friend

Gold Level Friend

Platinum Level Friend (new!)

Members who join at the Silver, Gold or Platinum Level receive forgiveness of one library fine, up to $6.00, and will be recognized on a display at the Library. Check if your employer has a matching gift program. It's a great way to increase your support!



Dayle Treece


Marilyn Heller


Pam Shaw


Susan Teller


Book Sale News

The next Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held across FOUR DAYS: Thursday March 12 from 7-8:30pm, Friday and Saturday March 13th and 14th from 10-4:30pm, and a special bag day on Monday March 16th from 10-430pm. 

Donations may be brought into the Mountainside Library starting on Sat March 7 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Mon March 9, Tues March 10 and on Wed March 11th while the library is open.

Every dollar raised will be used to support programs and services at the Mountainside Public Library!
The book sale is a great way to recycle gently-used books and other media that you no longer need. It's also a terrific way to support your library.

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