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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library

Library lovers are invited to join the Friends of the Northbrook Public Library. This volunteer organization raises funds to help support library programs and services through membership fees, the used bookshop, and their popular book sales. Membership starts as low as $10, and you can join and pay online or by mail.

Who are the Friends of the Library? They're people who appreciate what the library offers and are willing to support its programs and services. Would you be willing to spend $10 a year for Fine Arts Fall classical concerts? How about $25 a year for first-run films? Maybe you have children who enjoy its youth programs, or your teens are using the equipment in the Collaboratory to record podcasts. It's the right time for you to become a Friend. Learn how you can become a Friend of the Library.

Used Book Sale

Used Book Donations

  • Please drop off book donations at the Bookshop (during its open hours) or in the donation bin in the west vestibule. (We do not accept encyclopedias, A/V materials, medical, or legal texts.) 
  • Learn more about the Friends of the Library Bookshop

Why join the Friends of the Library?

Become a Friend of the Library

We are a group of people who are proud of our excellent library and are dedicated to helping the library serve the community. Our 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization receives funds through memberships and Bookshop sales.

We work to increase public awareness of library resources and services and assist in fundraising efforts to provide the library with an enhanced collection and improved services. We also support new library services and facilities, and the Freedom to Read Statement, as expressed in the American Library Association's Bill of Rights.

Look for our column in the bi-monthly library newsletter. We also send mailings to members. If you have any questions, please email us at

Annual membership dues 

Friends membership dues and donations are fully tax-deductible. The membership dues allow the Friends to grant library funding requests that help to expand programming, enhance the building, and purchase software for the library.

Individual: $10
Family: $20
Contributor: $25
Donor: $50
Sponsor: $100
Guarantor: $250
Patron: $500
Benefactor: $1000

Dues payment options

Join or renew online

You can become a member or renew your membership by PayPal or by mail. (PayPal provides the option to use a credit or debit card.)

Pay by PayPal 

Join or renew by mail

If you would prefer to pay by mail, please mail a check with your name, address, and phone number to:

Friends of the Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane
Northbrook IL 60062

Membership envelopes are also available at the library. If you have questions, please contact us at

Friends Board

President: Merrill Medansky
Vice President: Debby Rohde
Membership: John Schuman
Treasurer: Julie Achler-Hokin
Secretary: Mary Reynolds

Board: Julie Achler-Hokin, Claire Bonnema, K’trina Elliott, Merrill Medansky, Julia Miller, Margot Molay, Mary Reynolds, Debby Rohde, John Schuman, Tony Senegore

Friends' Board meetings are held on 10am in the Civic Room.

2024 Friends Board Meetings: 

  • February 13, 10am, Pollak A
  • May 14, 10am, Civic Room
  • August 13, 10am, Civic Room
  • November 12, 10am, Civic Room

Join the Board

If you are interested in joining the Board or would like to learn more, please email us at

For other opportunities to support the library, go to our Library Foundation page.