Search the Catalog:

Friends of the Glenview Library

The Friends of the Glenview Library have served the Library’s mission
with tireless dedication and thoughtful vision since 1939.
Learn about this dedicated group of men and women,
how to join, and the Used Book Store.
who are the friends

From a small collection of rented books to the new 85,000 square foot state-of-the art facility, the Glenview Public Library has an illustrious community history, deeply enriched by the ongoing support of the Friends organization.

The Friends of the Glenview Library was established in 1939 as an adjunct group in support of Glenview’s fledgling library. This hardworking group of women and men has been a vibrant community organization since these earliest days of the Library’s history.

The Friends of the Glenview Library is organized exclusively for the charitable, educational, and continuing development of the Glenview Public Library. Proceeds generated by the Friends ongoing fundraising efforts are used to purchase important items not possible in the Library’s regular operating budget, as well as to support special projects.


how the friends support the library

The Friends support many services, programs, and technology projects through their Annual Appeal, the Used Book Store, and their yearly benefit event. Over $1 million dollars in special services and equipment have been provided by ongoing community support.

Annual Community Appeal

The Friends send their Annual Appeal to the Glenview community in early December. While most of the Library’s funds come from property taxes, there are a number of special services, programs, and technology items that are purchased with the funds donated by The Friends’ broad base of community supporters each year. Please consider making a donation so that the Glenview Library remains one of the highest quality public institutions on the North Shore. The Friends of the Glenview Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your gift is tax deductible.


join the friends

The Friends of the Glenview Library warmly welcomes new members throughout the year. Your ideas, energy, and expertise will help advance our mission to support excellence at the Glenview Public Library. Membership categories reflect the amount of time and resources you have to commit to this important organization.

Membership Application (PDF)


friends programs
SAVE-THE-DATES • You’re Invited!

Our programs are open to all. Reservations are requested at 847-456-2376.

Preview of the 2016 Special Friends’ Programs
Reservation details will be available March 1, 2016. You also can check the Library’s listings for the numerous free programs and events that Friends’ yearly contributions help provide at the Library. Questions? 847-456-2376.

A Wednesday in May
A special program to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our country’s National Park Service, a century of conservation and preservation. This program offers an inspired tribute to the astonishing beauty and priceless cultural treasures of America’s National Parks.

An Afternoon in June
Art and architecture of Chicago in an afternoon—see the newest and most exciting of Chicago’s many treasures. 12 PM deluxe motor coach departure; box luncheons served en route; return to Glenview by 5 PM.

Thursday Morning, September 15
It’s the talented Barbara Rinella, back with a new and exciting book dramatization. At 9:30 AM, enjoy a delightful breakfast at one of the beautiful North Shore clubs, then Barbara Rinella as ________________? Who will she be this time? Come for another magical program by this remarkable woman.

A Thursday Evening in October
Ready for a shipwreck? Stay tuned.

Monday, November 14…Mark Your Calendar Now!
The Friends will bring the best-known paleontologist of our time, Dr. Paul Sereno, native of Naperville, to Glenview! Move over, T. rex! Hear about the biggest and baddest predators on earth, including the largest of them all, as dug up recently and reconstructed by Dr. Sereno and his fabulous Fossil Lab. The November program is made possible through the work of John H. Bremer and Geremy Kudert, and added support from Mary Lou Skoglund, Stella Logvinsky, and Lauren Szwiec.


contact the friends

For more information about programs, membership, or volunteer opportunities:

Stop by the Used Book Store. Open during regular library hours.

Call the Used Book Store at 847-901-5910 or Steve Ellis, President, at 847-729-7263

The Friends of the Glenview Library General Information (PDF).


friends used book store enter

So Many Books...
So Little Time...

The Friends Used Bookstore is conveniently located in the southwest corner of the Library’s lobby. Visit often—donated bargain books arrive daily. Support your Library and save.