The La Grange Park Public Library enriches the lives of everyone in our community. We provide a place to learn, enjoy, explore, and connect with others, both locally and globally. Our materials, programs, and services support the personal and professional needs of all La Grange Park residents.
While taxes provide for the basic operation of the Library, donations allow us to expand our collection and services in ways that would not otherwise be possible. In fact, many of our programs are funded entirely through donations.
As you plan your charitable giving this year, please consider contributing to the La Grange Park Public Library in any amount.
Please see our donations policy for more information.
The Friends are people of all ages who are interested in supporting the La Grange Park Library.
What do members do?
Members provide financial support to the Library through their yearly membership dues and Friends Bookshop sales and offer volunteer support by staffing the Bookshop. Members are not required to volunteer.
What is the Bookshop?
The Friends Bookshop sells donated books, magazines, DVDs, and VHS tapes at modest prices and donates any unsold materials to community institutions.
The Shop is staffed entirely by approximately 25 dedicated volunteers. The hours are generally the same as the Library hours; however, please call ahead (708-352-0100) to make sure the Shop is open.
We offer a wide selection of books in most genres. Be sure to check out our Collectibles Collection. Donations come in frequently, and you never know what will come in, so stop by often!
We accept gently used materials and are glad to offer a donation receipt if requested. Please do not drop off damaged items.
What have the Friends provided for the Library?
Many of the free programs offered by the Library are funded by the Friends, especially the Children’s Summer Reading Program. We have also provided funds for the Young Adult Department, sculptural tree in the Children’s Department, computers, shelving, storage equipment, and many items not covered by the Library’s operating budget.
When and where do the Friends meet?
Meetings are the second Tuesday of February, May, August, and November at 7 p.m. in the second floor Conference Room.
Volunteering at the Library is a rewarding and fun experience, and a great way to give back to your community! You will join a dedicated group who volunteer for us regularly. They do everything from organizing materials to delivering books to the homebound.
We ask for a commitment of at least two hours per week. We assign “jobs” to each volunteer, so we will rely on you to be here at the time agreed upon. You will get a name badge to wear while you are volunteering.
To show our appreciation
- Exempt from paying overdue fees
- Permitted free use of the copiers
- Invited to use the Staff Lounge and share any refreshments provided for the staff
- Invited to the Library’s Holiday Potluck
- Honored each spring with a catered luncheon
To volunteer, download and print a volunteer form.
Complete the printed form and return it to the library at the Circulation Desk or mail to:
La Grange Park Library
555 N. La Grange Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526
To find out more or to sign up, please stop by the Circulation Desk or call Sharon at 708-352-0100.