Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library News & Events

  • Our next Used Book Sale will be held on March 17 & 18 from 10am-4pm. See you then!  
  • 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 friends@northbrook.info

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@northbrook.info.

Friends Board

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

Board: Julie Achler-Hokin, Randee Blair, Claire Bonnema, Ktrina Elliott, Merrill Medansky, Margot Molay, Mary Reynolds, Debby Rohde, John Schuman, Tony Senegore, Bryan Smith, Beth Wolf

Friends' Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 10am in the Civic Room. 

Upcoming meetings:

  • Jan 10, 2023
  • Mar 14, 2023
  • May 9, 2023  (Annual meeting and election of officers)
  • July 11, 2023
  • Sept 12, 2023
  • Nov 14, 2023

Join the Board

If you are interested in joining the Board or would like to learn more, please email us at friends@northbrook.info

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