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Friends of SOPL

With your help, the Friends fund everyday programs and services in the Library— new books, reading programs, museum passes, and other Library services for the South Orange community!

The Friends of the South Orange Public Library is a 501(c)3 registered charitable organization. Your contribution is tax deductible as provided by law.


Donate to the Friends

Thanks to the great good generosity of the South Orange community, the Friends raised over $10,000 for new books, Library programs, and Library services in 2020. We are very grateful to you and thank you sincerely for helping the Library–but the Library can always use more funding. Please Donate and thank you!

Donate jewelry to the Friends Jewelry Sale

Support SOPL by donating your no-longer-wanted bling and gems to the Friends’ first-ever Jewelry Sale.
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Donate books

Donate your gently-used books via the Green Bin in the Library parking lot to Better World Books.

Your donated books turn into money for the Library and help spread literacy around the world. Books are picked up Mon/Wed/Fri; if the bin is full, please come back at another time, as books left out in the weather lose all value.

Amazon Smile

Give to the Friends when you purchase via AmazonSmile.



The Friends meet in the Library Community Room on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm; all are welcome!
(During the pandemic, we’re meeting online.)


Friends of SOPL
65 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ 07079
973-762-0230 (Library)


Jewelry Sale

Support SOPL by donating your no-longer-wanted bling and gems to the Friends’ first-ever Jewelry Sale.

Learn More

A Red Eared Slider Turtle wearing glasses and reading a book.

In November, the Friends funded $2,300 for new Library books–and a turtle habitat for the Children’s Library!

In November, the Library requested, and the Friends provided
* $1,200 for new adult and teen books on social justice, equity, and inclusion, new titles in health and law, and test preparation books
* $600 for new children’s books, including picture books that support inclusion, graphic novels, and nonfiction books on popular topics
* $500 for a turtle habitat in the Children’s Library, a future home for two red-eared slider turtles relocated by the South Orange Environmental Commission from the Meadowlands (where they are an invasive species), accompanied by a museum-quality informational display.



Library Director Melissa Kopecky Retires

The Friends congratulate Melissa Kopecky on her retirement, and thank her for her 20+ years of service to the Library and to the South Orange community. The many creative events implemented by Melissa and the Library staff over the years, especially those for children and families, warmed hearts and brought the community to the Library. Melissa built a strong Library staff that cares about South Orange patrons.
The Friends have made a donation in honor of Melissa Kopecky to the Library Foundation. Enjoy your retirement, Melissa! Very well deserved!!

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