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Friends of the Library

Friends October '23
From L to R: Loretta Abrams, Stephene Norwood, Kathy Lawson, Kristen Bieszke, Britta Albrecht, Katie Scherer, Joyce Beck, Mary Halla, Susan DiFabio

Friends of the Library (FoL) is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to supplement the library’s annual budget for materials, programs, and literacy initiatives in the local community.


Katie Scherer

Stephene Norwood

Loretta Abrams

Used Book Sale Co-Chairs
Kathy Lawson
Joyce Beck

Community Mailing Chair
Britta Albrecht

Community Outreach Chair
Kristen Bieszke

The Friends hold regular fundraising used book sales and welcome book donations for these sales throughout the year. Check the Friends Facebook page for up-to-date information about upcoming book sales, or view our Upcoming Events. You can also request an appointment to shop during the Friends’ weekly sorting sessions by emailing Kathryn Lawson.

Email Kathryn

Also, visit the Used Book Nook in the lobby of the library to browse a limited selection of books available for purchase during library hours.


Books in Book Nook

FoL Book Sort

April 24, 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Friends operate a used book sale area in the library basement and hold public sales approximately every other month. To prepare for these sales, volunteers process and shelve donated items. Sorts are…

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If you have items to donate, please call Dennis McCarthy, Building Engineer, at 630-790-6765 to schedule a drop-off appointment with the Maintenance Department. The Friends accept bagged or boxed

  • quality adult and children’s books in good condition
  • textbooks
  • audiobooks
  • DVDs
  • recent computer games and software
  • music (CDs and albums)

At this time, the Friends cannot accept

  • encyclopedia sets
  • old computer software and manuals
  • weekly magazines
  • damaged, musty, or outdated materials

There are several options for making a monetary donation to the Friends:

  • Use a credit/debit card or PayPal by clicking the Donate button.
  • Find us on Venmo at @GEPLFriends.
  • Write a check to Friends of the Glen Ellyn Public Library, and drop it off at the Library Services Desk or mail it to Friends of the Glen Ellyn Public Library, in care of the Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137.

Thank you for your generosity to our organization–we are grateful to our donors who value the role of the library in our community!


The Friends offer service opportunities for youth and adult groups

  • sorting books. The Friends operate a used book sale area in the Library basement and hold public sales approximately every other month. To prepare for these sales, they have book sorts about once a week. At the sorting sessions, volunteers look through the donated items recently received and decide if and where they should be shelved. Occasionally, this time is used to organize and prepare for upcoming sales. Sorts are a great opportunity to socialize, chat about books, and help your Library. You don’t need to RSVP, just come when you can and stay as long as you like. Check in with the staff at the Library Services Desk and you will be directed down to the basement.
  • preparing our community mailings. Volunteer to help the Friends send their annual mailing to community households and businesses asking for voluntary contributions, which help fund the library’s collections and typically raise more than $15,000 for the library. Fold the solicitation letter, stuff envelopes, and affix pre-printed mailing labels. Enjoy coffee and friendly conversations. Volunteer for any amount of time!
  • working at used book sales. Used book sale shifts are usually two hours and duties include stocking bookshelves and assisting customers.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email the Friends or contact the Library Director.

Email the Friends

Making a monetary donation to the Friends of the Library establishes you as a member of the organization for the current calendar year. Your donation will enhance library services and provide increased resources and materials.

Members receive free books, discounts, and special invitations to FoL events, including

  • A free book, CD, DVD, or other regularly priced item of your choice at all of the book sales
  • Advance notice of FOL events, including used book sales, and FoL-sponsored library events, such as the summer social
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