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.

Contact the Friends

For more information about the Friends, please call:

Prasanthi Chennareddy at 847.630.1555 or

Jane Pire at 847.840.2555

To arrange for local pick-up of larger donations of books, please call Wendy McKiernan at 847.269.6292.

The Friends of the Lake Forest Library reserves the right to accept or reject donated books based on their condition and resale value.