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Support literacy and connection

When you give locally, you choose to share a gift that nurtures ideas and spreads knowledge in and around Oak Park. You support the freedom to read, to learn, and to grow. Your local loyalty and generosity help a 113-year-old institution, dedicated to literacy and community connection, continue to be free and accessible to all. All donations are tax deductible.

Gift options

  • Give in person at any library location.
  • Give through the following dedicated funds managed by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.
    • Helen M. Harrison Endowed Book Fund: Established by long-time library loyalist Helen Harrison for new books and materials. Give now »
    • Fallon Family Fund: Helping deliver cutting-edge projects and resources for all of our community’s children. Give now »
    • Bernard and Cecilia Sinkevitch Fund: Ongoing support for building collections. Give now »
    • Scoville-Hutchinson Library Fund: Scholarship support for professional development, helping library employees earn a Master of Library Science degree. Give now »
    • Oak Park Public Library Capital Fund: For building and capital needs. Since July 2011 includes the Ina Ostertag Scholarship Fund, which honors a former library trustee. Give now »
    • H. Spencer Green Trust: An unrestricted fund bringing special projects to our community. Give now »
    • Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Fund: Ongoing support for building community bridges. Give now »
  • Honor loved ones and personal milestones with a bookplate: Remember loved ones, long-time neighbors, and friends. Honor milestones including birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. By making a gift, you can choose a subject area and name who you are honoring on a bookplate. Contact us now »

Giving locally transforms lives

Each year, neighbors choosing to give locally are supporting the power to transform lives.

  • Take, for example, a recent $500 gift to the library from the Schwab Charitable fund that was earmarked for adult literacy in memory of a loyal local patron. Twenty-six new Main Library titles in the Rapid Reads Series now offer contemporary, entertaining plots and come with tutor tools for testing comprehension and discussion. Adult Education Librarian Rashmi Swain was thrilled to be able to fulfill an Oak Park literacy volunteer’s request with the donated funds. “The new titles are perfect for instilling foundational reading skills, and for fostering a continued love of reading,” Swain said.
  • Thanks to generous contributions to the library’s Fallon Family Fund, Oak Park now has a custom-built Book Bike, used to bring library services and resources outside library buildings, and meet patrons where they are in the community. Learn more about Oak Park’s Book Bike »

Materials donations

  • Donated materials, including books, movies and music in sellable condition, are accepted anytime of the year at the Main Library for sale at the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Annual Book Fair.
  • During open hours, bring materials to any service desk.
  • You can also call ahead to have us meet you outside or in the parking garage to help you bring in your materials.
  • All donations are tax deductible.
  • Not accepted: magazines, textbooks, and condensed texts (such as Reader’s Digest).

More local places to donate books

Park District of Oak Park Little Free Libraries on the Cheney Mansion grounds and in Austin GardensLindberg Park, and Mills Park. Learn more about Little Free Libraries »

The Children’s Clinic Literacy Program
320 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
708.848.0528, ext. 225

Brown Elephant Resale Shop
217 Harrison St.
Oak Park, IL 60304

Goodwill Donation Center
1900 Harlem Ave.
Riverside, IL 60546

Salvation Army Thrift Store
6536 W. Roosevelt Road
Oak Park, IL 60304

Learn more

To learn more about how you can make a difference and keep Oak Park’s center of information, local history, and civic engagement strong, contact Executive Director David J. Seleb (davids@oppl.org708.697.6911) or Deputy Director Jim Madigan (jamesm@oppl.org708.697.6909).

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