Donations of Books, Audio Books, CDs, DVDs, Vinyl Records, and Sheet Music

We love, love, love, and need your donations of books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records. Please keep your donations coming; the income they generate in our book sales make up 90% of our total annual income.

Your donations are accepted any time; small donations (one bag full) may be dropped off at the Registration or Circulation desks at the Library. Larger donations should be taken to the lower level of the parking garage and placed outside the Friends’ doors next to the elevator. If you need help with a large donation, please call ahead at 847/253-5675, and we will arrange for someone to meet you in the lower level to help unload your donation.

Your donated books will either be added to the Library’s collection, or sold during a Friends of the Library Book Sale:

  • Our Book Sales have 3 rooms:
    • Better Book Room: each book is individually priced
    • Friends Room: prices range from 25¢ to $2
    • 25¢ Room: everything is priced at 25¢

Items currently in demand:

      • Children’s books
      • Military and History books
      • Automotive repair books
      • Mathematics books
      • Any of the “dummies” books
      • Sheet Music
      • Computer books relating to Microsoft Office suite of programs (2007 and newer)
      • Audio books on CD (just about any subject)

Items we regretfully cannot accept:

      • Encyclopedias
      • Chewed up, damaged or wet books
      • Tax books (the rules change so often that people won’t use even recent items)
      • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
      • Magazines
      • Software
      • VHS Tapes
      • Cassette Tapes