A book talk on Wednesday by Alan Dershowitz at the West Tisbury Library drew a small group of protesters over Mr. Dershowitz’s links to Jeffrey Epstein.

Mr. Dershowitz was there to discuss his latest book Defending Israel: The Story of My Relationship With My Most Challenging Client.

Beth Kramer, director of the West Tisbury Library, acknowledged the tensions in introductory remarks.

“Today’s book is on a controversial topic and it’s a controversial book,” she said. “As many of you know, just holding the event here today was controversial for some.”

Referring to a letter to the editor she wrote this week, Ms. Kramer also said: “Libraries are neutral spaces. We promote intellectual freedom and welcome a diversity of opinions.” She invited people to attend monthly library trustees meetings if they wish to discuss the library’s policies.

The handful of demonstrators held placards representing Jane Does, victims in the recent federal case against Jeffrey Epstein. Mr. Dershowitz was Mr. Epstein’s defense attorney in 2008. Inside the library, the protesters wore purple tape over their mouths, then filed out of the building.

Mr. Dershowitz spoke about the history of Israel, his friendship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his hope for a two-state solution.

He also responded to the protesters, saying it is their constitutional right to oppose him.

“I participated in protests, I have defended countless protesters. I will continue to defend protesters. . . If anyone tried to stop protesters from protesting me, I’d be on their side,” he said.

At the end of the talk, Mr. Dershowitz took questions from the audience, moderated by Judy Crawford.

In a gesture of appreciation, Mr. Dershowitz announced that all proceeds from the event’s book sales would be donated to the West Tisbury Library.