Become a member of the Friends of Lake Forest Library and support our mission! In addition to the satisfaction of supporting a good cause, you receive invitations to special events and admittance to the Members-only Preview Day at the Annual Book Sale. Complete an online membership form.
Donate gently used books
The success of the book sales depends on book donations.
Please do not put donated books in the library return bins. Book donations should be placed on the dock.
Please note that due to limited help during the holidays, book donations are NOT accepted on the following dates:
Your donation supports the Friends of the Lake Forest Library in their mission to provide funding for library programming and renovations. Thank you!
Friends of the Lake Forest Library is a charitable organization and is exempt from federal taxation as described by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, amended.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the individuals, organizations, and foundations who generously support The Friends of Lake Forest Library through their donations and/or sponsorship of the Fall Book Sale. Our mission to help the Library would not be possible without your continued support.
Donors to Friends
Peterson/Desenis Charitable Fund
John and Kathleen Schreiber Foundation
Sponsors of Fall Book Sale
The Grainger Foundtion
Knauz Automotive Group
Market House on the Square
Friends volunteers sort and price books throughout the year and help during book sales.
To arrange for local pick-up of larger donations of books, please call Carol Champ at 847.295.6523.
The Friends of the Lake Forest Library reserves the right to accept or reject donated books based on their condition and resale value.
About the Friends
The Friends of Lake Forest Library is a group of dedicated supporters and library enthusiasts. It is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to support the mission and services of Lake Forest Library, as well as to engage in related educational, charitable, and cultural activities.
The Friends raise funds through book sales, Friends memberships, and your monetary and book donations, all of which make a huge difference to Lake Forest Library and the community. Since its founding March 21, 1976, the Friends have raised over two million dollars. These funds help maintain and enhance Library programming, our historic building, our extensive fine arts collection, and more. Read a sampling of the benefits to the Library provided by the Friends on our Thank you page.
The first Friends of Lake Forest Library used book sale was held on Saturday, September 18, 1976 in the Library courtyard and lobby. A history of the sale and recent news is available on the Annual Book Sale page.
Since 2003, the Friends have awarded scholarships to graduating high school seniors in whose lives reading plays an integral and enriching role. Application materials are available on the Friends Scholarship page.