Forbes Library, the public library for Northampton, is a welcoming haven for all. We build connections that strengthen our communities, inspire curiosity, open windows to the past, and create pathways to the future.

The library is open to everyone. Forbes Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Donate Online

Checks can be mailed to the Business Office:

Forbes Library
20 West Street
Northampton, MA 01060

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You may give to the general fund or target your donation to any area of the library, such as Children’s Services, the Hosmer Art Gallery, Reference, technology, books, music or movies, programs, renovations, Special Collections, Outreach Delivery Service or any area you choose to support. Forbes Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Our tax exempt number, also referred to EMPLOYER ID NUMBER (EIN), is 04-6004208.

Make your gift go even farther by making a recurring donation and become a Forbes’ Bookshelf Builders member!

Donate Books and Media

For more information about giving to Forbes Library, please contact the library director, Lisa Downing, 413-587-1016 or

Donate materials or services

If you wish to donate materials or services, please phone 587-1017.

Forbes Library accepts donations of new and almost-new books, books on CD, and DVDs to be considered for addition into the collection and book sale. For more details, please see our page on donating books and media.

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More Ways to Help

Forbes Library Store

All proceeds support Forbes Library when you buy library merchandise and books from our online store. You can pickup in the library or we can ship to you.

Friends of Forbes

The Friends of Forbes Library is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the interests of the Forbes Library so that its services, activities, and facilities may benefit the public to the greatest extent possible.
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