The Friends organization is a voluntary, non-profit organization

The mission of the organization is promoting the needs of the Library’s patrons and expanding utilization of its facilities.

The Chestnut Hill Library Friends: committed to making our library, one of the best community libraries, even better

Founded in the 1970s, the Chestnut Hill Library Friends is an organization of community members dedicated to promoting knowledge of the needs and values of our library and to raising funds and encouraging gifts for its support. 


The Chestnut Hill Library Friends has become an organization of hundreds of households whose members contribute thousands of hours of their time to supporting the Library through major fund-raising events, providing garden maintenance, shelving of books, assisting librarians, and planning events to build Library use and awareness.

Monies raised by the Friends have enabled it to provide:

  • Books, DVDs and musical and audio CDs
  • Funds for speakers and refreshments for adult and children’s programs
  • Sponsorship and hosting the Chestnut Hill Library website
  • A beautiful garden featuring a variety of native plants
  • Enhancements in the library’s physical structure
  • New library furniture, including bookcases, magazine & display racks and an atlas stand
  • Support for the children and teens–and this year also for an adults’–summer reading programs
  • Other needed equipment and supplies not provided by the city’s budget 

Friends Organization accomplishments and contributions

 In 1991 the Friends contributed to a modern brick addition, designed by Cecil Baker and Associates. It was attached to the back of the library by a glassed in passageway. The addition received the Pennsylvania Society of Architects Design Award in 1997. 

The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every branch. Active support is provided by the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library, founded in the 1970s. 

The Chestnut Hill Library Friends sponsored improvements to the building including a completely new roof and new freestanding wooden shelves as well as carpeting, furnishings and computers. The Friends’ weekly book sale continues to enable the library to add books and other educational material to its collection.

In 2001, the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library decided to spend some of the monies donated by members of the Friends to improve the plantings around the Library building. A committee was formed, and the planning began.

The decision was made to begin at the front of the building, and then tackle the left side, where a path led to the new side entrance, a handicapped entrance to the building, as well as to the CHCA Parking Foundation parking lot at the back.

A few years later, in 2006, we tackled the back and right side of the Library property. 

In 2013 the Free Library utilities department removed the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment visible from the Library lobby, which allowed the planting of a viewing garden.  Denis Lucey, garden designer, helped plan and plant that garden, which was completed during the summer months.

Most recently, the Friends have purchased high-demand library materials, a bike rack, the big colorful plant vases out front and in the pergola, a little library with the message “Leave a book, take a book”,  renovation of the storage closet including two shelving unit


The Chestnut Hill Library Friends Board of Directors & Committees

Click the Button  below to see a list of members of the Board of Directors and a list of Friends Committees

Learn More about the Friends Gently Used Book Sale

A major fund-raising effort for our library, the Friends Gently Used Book Sale has given our community the opportunity to acquire books for low prices.

The Chestnut Hill Library Friends

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Your support and contributions will enable the Chestnut Hill Library Friends make our library, one of the best community libraries, even better.

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