The Book Bike, seen here with engaged readers at a 2023 block party, was purchased with donated funds in 2015. Due to its success since, the library expects to roll out a second bike in 2024—an electric bike also purchased with donated funds—to expand the joy of reading to more people of all ages in our community.

Invest in Oak Park’s future

Over the years, generous Oak Parkers have given tax-deductible donations to the Oak Park Public Library. These donated funds have helped develop innovative new programs and unique library initiatives. In 2023, two examples include:

  • Oak Park’s Library of Things, developed with funds donated by our former head librarian and beloved Oak Parker Barbara Ballinger; and
  • Main Library’s Winter Pop-Up Shop, also developed with donated funds to pilot retail opportunities for branded library merchandise.

To contribute directly and securely online, click the “Give Now” button above. To learn more about donating directly to the library, please contact the library’s Accounting and Finance Manager Linda Barnett at Please note: donors typically have their first and last names printed in the library’s annual impact reports, and may receive future communications related to fundraising opportunities.

Contributing to endowment funds

Managed by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, these eight endowment funds also provide a tax-deductible opportunity to support the library and its future. Each endowment fund listed below is earmarked for a specific area of spending.

Main Library third floor

Building & capital project support

Established with support from Ina Ostertag. Give now.

A library assistant checking out books

Scholarship support

Established by the Scoville-Hutchinson Library. Give now.

Dad and son reading together at Maze Branch

Collection support

Established by Bernard and Cecilia Sinkevitch. Give now.

Children listening to a storytime from the Book Bike in the park

Children’s support

Established by the Fallon Family. Previous gifts have supported purchase of Oak Park’s Book Bike and the main library lactation suite (nursing pod). Give now.

Jim Madigan

Continued education support

Established in recognition of Jim Madigan. Give now.

People walking in Scoville Park

Projects & programs support

Established by H. Spencer Green. Give now.

A girl and a woman reading on the couches at the library

New materials support

Established by Helen Harrison. Give now.

People visiting the Friends of the Library tent

Overall library support

Established by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Give an online contribution now.

Give gently used books & materials year-round

An Open Books collection bin lives in the alley just north of the Main Library building at 834 Lake St. Access the alley by driving south on the 100 block of North Grove Avenue until you reach the cul-de-sac, then turn west (right).

Have too many books to fit in the bin? Contact Open Books pickup service. Any items left outside or next to this bin will not be accepted. Also to note: