Support Arlington’s Libraries

The Robbins Library and the Fox Branch Library are places where we can meet, relax and expand our world for a few minutes or hours. The Town of Arlington and the Library Board of Trustees acknowledge that special gifts and bequests do not take the place of public support, but help to further enhance library facilities, services and collections. The library encourages the interest and involvement of residents and organizations through private support, and has adopted a policy and guidelines to ensure that all gifts are appropriate to the library’s mission. There are a variety of ways to help. The Arlington Libraries Foundation, the Friends of the Robbins Library, the Friends of the Fox, and the Little Fox Shop, Inc. are all organizations that help support library services in our community in different ways.

Arlington Libraries Foundation

Established in 2013, the Arlington Libraries Foundation conducts fundraising appeals and campaigns, and secures and stewards the gifts, grants, and endowments that provide essential funds toward the library’s current and long-term goals. Donations to the Arlington Libraries
Foundation benefit the Robbins Library and the Fox Branch Library. With the exception of non-monetary gifts of materials, collections, art or decorative objects as noted in the library’s gifts policy, donors are encouraged to direct gifts to the Arlington Libraries Foundation, the main fundraising 501(c)(3) of the library. Please visit the Foundation “Donate” section for more information. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Friends of the Robbins Library

The Friends of the Robbins Library provide support through their book sales, special programs and membership dues. The Friends of the Robbins Library maintain a year-round book sale on the fourth floor of the Robbins Library. The selection is updated frequently and the books are reasonably priced (50 cents to $2.00). Proceeds allow the Friends to offer the family museum pass program as well as to purchase supplemental materials and equipment for the Robbins and Fox libraries. Book donations are gratefully accepted, but we ask you to limit your contributions to one bag/box per day, due to storage limitations. A Friends membership means invitations to library programs sponsored by the Friends, early access to the Town Day and Children’s annual book sales, and a Friends of the Robbins Library tote bag.

Friends of the Fox

Dedicated to East Arlington’s neighborhood branch library, the Fox Library, the Friends of the Fox want to make sure it stays open for everyone to enjoy. Proceeds from secondhand clothing and merchandise sales benefit the Fox Library.

The Fox and Robbin Shop

Largely volunteer-driven, The Fox and Robbin Shop is a 501(c)(3) that raises funds to support the Fox Library by operating a children’s resale shop located inside the library. The shop is unique in that 100% of inventory comes from donated items; nothing is sold on consignment, and net proceeds go to the library. Through its operation, The Fox and Robbin Shop supports and encourages environmental sustainability through reuse and recycling, and provides a welcoming and supportive environment for people of all ages and skill levels to be able to volunteer or gain job skills.