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Friends of the Glenview Public 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. And now, check out our new blog.

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 and the Used Book Store. 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!

Preview! 2017 Friends’ Special Programs

Program information, prices, and reservation details will be available March 1, 2017, in the Library Lobby and the Used Book Store, as well as right here on the Library website.

Chicago’s Hyde Park
Friday, May 19, 9 AM–4:15 PM

Come, via deluxe motorcoach, for a day in south Chicago, narrated by noted Chicago architectural historian Vince Michael. Hear about the history of Hyde Park, Fredrick Law Olmsted’s role in the area, and the formation of the University of Chicago. Experience a 50-minute visit to the Oriental Institute to see three of its most precious objects, enjoy an “Express Sandwich” luncheon in the library of the private Quadrangle Club, and watch a short program by Tom Weisflog at the Skinner organ in Rockefeller Chapel.

Women Who Have Made a Difference
Wednesday, June 14, Noon • Community Room

Enjoy a noon luncheon followed by educator Joyce Schrager’s presentation. Joyce’s background includes degrees from the University of Chicago (English literature) and from Northwestern University (American history). Her present focus is on women in politics, social activism, and the arts, nationally and internationally.

Who Will She Be This Time?
Thursday, September 7, 9:30–11:30 AM • North Shore Country Club

It’s the talented Barbara Rinella, back with a new exciting book dramatization. First, a delightful breakfast at the beautiful North Shore Country Club and then Barbara Rinella as ________? Who will she be this time? Come for another magical program by this remarkable woman.

An Evening with the Lincolns
Thursday, October 19, 7 PM • Community Room

Anticipating the upcoming 2018 Illinois Bicentennial celebrations, the Friends present James M. Cornelius, Ph.D., Curator of the Lincoln Collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois. James will present insights into Lincoln’s personality and will touch on a range of topics about his family—from Lincoln’s courtroom penchant for tall tales and jokes, to Mary Lincoln’s emotional difficulties, to their son Robert’s career in diplomacy and law, and why this IS the “Land of Lincoln.” Refreshments will be served.

Hamilton’s Women
Wednesday, November 15, Noon • Community Room

A noon luncheon will be followed by Leslie Goddard’s living history program, Hamilton’s Women. Leslie will introduce you to the Schuyler sisters: Hamilton’s wife, Elizabeth; her sister, the charming and witty Angelica; and her other sister, high-spirited Peggy. You don’t need to have seen the smash hit musical Hamilton to enjoy this exciting program.


contact the friends

For more information about membership or volunteer opportunities:

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

The Used Book Store can be reached at telephone number 847-901-5910.


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.