Friends Book Fair: August 5-7

The Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Book Fair is back, on a smaller scale than in previous years. It will be held August 5-7 in the Main Library’s second-floor Veterans Room. Underground garage parking (with the first two hours free) and elevator access are available.

Donate books, CDs, DVDs at Main Library through July 22

Have a few items to share? Bring them into the Main Library lobby

Please place your donations in the appropriate boxes in the Main Library lobby during open hours through July 22.

Between June 1 and July 22, bring your donations into the Main Library lobby during open hours only. We are not accepting donations at Dole Branch or Maze Branch.

At the Main Library, please place your donations inside the boxes labeled in the following categories:

  • Nonfiction
  • Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Kids/Teens
  • CDs
  • DVDs

Please note: Magazines, textbooks, Reader’s Digest back issues, records, and VHS tapes are not accepted. See below for other donation locations.

Have a lot to give? Drop off on Saturday mornings!

Between June 1 and July 22, you can drive up and drop off bigger loads at the library’s loading dock (see map), on Saturdays only, between 9 am and 1 pm. Friends volunteers will be ready and waiting to help you!

Shop: Fair hours

  • Friday, August 5, 2-6 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 9 am-5 pm
  • Sunday, August 7, free materials for volunteers (12-2 pm) and educators (2-4 pm). Please bring proof of educator status and/or employment.

Shoppers can plan to pay for items with cash, by check, and by credit card.


Anyone interested in volunteering before, during, and after the fair can sign up here »

Consider these options for your book donations

Little Free Libraries
Individually owned residential and Park District of Oak Park Little Free Libraries are on the Cheney Mansion grounds and in Austin GardensLindberg Park, and Mills Park.

Chicago Books to Women in Prison, Chicago, IL
Serves: AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, MS, MO, and OH

Liberation Library HQ in Chicago. Serves youth in all Illinois youth prisons and select Illinois youth jails.Midwest Books to Prisoners  Chicago. Serves: IA, IL, IN, KS, MI(Libraries only), MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI

Open Books (various drop-off locations, visit the website to schedule a free pickup)

Our Future Reads
Chicago nonprofit accepting new and gently used books, textbooks, comics, and manga by appointment only. Contactless pickup is available for all donations. Contact to arrange a pickup »

{Re}Book Oak Park Facebook group
A private Facebook group that you can request to join. The group is for swapping books, not selling.

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