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, music CDs, books on CD, and video games. Thank you to everyone who came out to the 42nd Annual Book Sale in September, 2017; the Friends raised over $100,000.
The Friends also conduct smaller sales that feature holiday books and music, paperbacks, cookbooks and gardening books, and children’s and teen books and movies throughout the year. See the dates, times, and locations for these upcoming sales below.
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 Please no magazines, records, encyclopedias, computer software, or out-of-date textbooks.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.
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.