Summer 2021 book fair cancelled
The Friends’ Board of Trustees agreed to cancel its summer 2021 annual book fair. This decision was influenced by several COVID-19-related factors, including the state’s public gathering limits and having no access to the Oak Park and River Forest High School’s cafeteria due to construction. To learn more, please contact members of the Friends directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library currently not accepting materials donations
Please keep your donations of materials (books, DVDs, CDs) for now, and consider contacting these local organizations about accepting your donations.
Additional options for book donations
Oak Park Little Free Libraries
Individually owned residential and Park District of Oak Park Little Free Libraries are on the Cheney Mansion grounds and in Austin Gardens, Lindberg Park, and Mills Park.
Chicago Books to Women in Prison, Chicago, IL
Serves: AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, MS, MO, and OH
Goodwill Donation Center
1900 Harlem Ave.
Riverside, IL 60546
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)
- West Loop: 651 W Lake, Chicago, IL 60661 – Available during store hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 9 am-7 pm; Sundays, noon to 6 pm). No more than four boxes per donation at this location, please.
- 645 W Couch Pl., Chicago, IL 60661 – Drop box off of Desplaines between Randolph and Lake, behind the West Loop store
- Pilsen: 905 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608 – Drop slot in front of building available 24 hours a day. Larger donations accepted during store hours, 7 days a week, 10 am to 4 pm
- River North: 802 W. Superior, Chicago, IL 60642 – Drop box at corner of Halsted and Superior