Friends of the Library

As a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, the Friends receive funds through memberships and Bookshop sales. 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.

Friends' Bookshop Hours

The Bookshop is open

Monday-Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Sunday: 2:00-4:00pm.

Donating books to the Bookshop

You can drop off donated books in the bin located inside the library's west entrance.

Please note: The Bookshop cannot accept the following donations: media (DVDs, CDs, Blu-ray, VHS, LPs), textbooks, catalogs/magazines, user manuals, dictionaries, and foreign language books.

Who are the Friends of the Northbrook Public Library?

We are a group of people who are proud of our excellent library and are dedicated to helping the library serve the community.

How do the Friends help the library serve the community?

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.

How can I learn about the Friends' activities and events?

Look for our column in the bi-monthly library newsletter. We also send mailings to members.

What are the annual membership dues?

Individual: $10.00
Family: $20.00
Contributor: $25.00
Donor: $50.00
Sponsor: $100.00
Guarantor: $250.00
Patron: $500.00
Benefactor: $1000.00

How can I become a member of the Friends?

Mail your check with your name, address, and phone number to:

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

You can also pick up a membership envelope at the library.

If you have questions, please contact us at

Friends Board
President: Merrill Medansky
Membership: John Schuman
Treasurer: Julie Achler-Hokin
Secretary: Mary Reynolds

Board: Julie Achler-Hokin, Randee Blair, Claire Bonnema, Evelyn Delmar, Ktrina Elliott, Connie Galliart, Sandra Kaminsky, Kathy Kather, Colleen Keaveny, Merrill Medansky, Margot Molay, Mary Reynolds, Debby Rohde, Larry Schaffel, John Schuman, Tony Senegore, Bryan Smith, Meha Smith

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

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