Book Sale

Friends Annual Book Sale

The Friends of Lake Forest Library held their first used book sale on Saturday, September 18, 1976 in the Library courtyard and lobby. The sale raised about $4,000. Over the years, the sale moved from the Library to the Gorton Community Center parking lot, to Market Square, to a yellow tent in West Park, and finally to its current location in the Lake Forest Recreation Center Gymnasium.

Now an annual Lake Forest tradition, the four-day fall book sale offers over 108 categories of high-quality used books at bargain prices. The sale grows each year with donations of more books, DVDs, audiobooks, and music. Thank you to all our donors, sponsors, supporters, and everyone who comes out to the sale each year and helps us raise money for Lake Forest Library.

The Friends also host a Children’s Book Sale in June. See the Upcoming Book Sales section on this page for all dates, times, and locations.

Get Involved

Donate gently used books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs

The success of the book sales depends on your donations. Please no magazines, records, encyclopedias, computer software, video games, or out-of-date textbooks. Donations of materials are accepted year-round at the Library's back dock.

Book donations are tax-deductible. Download a tax form.


Friends volunteers sort and price books throughout the year.

Complete our online volunteer application form.

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.

Upcoming Book Sales

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Kids and Families" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.

Holiday Book and CD Bazaar

All Day 11/23 - 12/31