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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!

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.

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.

Barbara Rinella Reservation Form (PDF)

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

Say “Illinois” and try not to think “Abraham Lincoln.” Impossible. The Friends of the Glenview Library will broaden this association just prior to our state’s Bicentennial of 2018 with a presentation narrated by Dr. James M. Cornelius, the Curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum—the premier repository of all things Lincoln in the world—located in Springfield. Dr. Cornelius will present insights, to name a few topics, into Lincoln’s penchant for tall tales and jokes, Mary’s emotional difficulties, and son Robert’s career in industry and diplomacy. Afterward, there will be a question-andanswer session when the curious may find out such little known things as how far Lincoln ever traveled outside the U.S.A. and what he really thought about the Irish—and the Russians. This is a special evening, uniquely for us residents of Illinois. Refreshments will be served.

Lincoln Reservation Form (PDF)

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

Alexander Hamilton was not just a powerful Founding Father of our country. Hamilton was also a loving husband and father, a flirtatious brother-in-law, and an incorrigible lady-killer. In this new living-history program, meet the women in Alexander Hamilton’s life: His wife, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Her sister, the charming, witty Angelica Schuyler Church, Her other sister, high-spirited Margarita “Peggy” Schuyler Van Rensselaer Join us for a luncheon at noon. Then, actress and scholar Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., will bring these smart, beautiful women to life. Learn how their complicated relationships with Hamilton and other men in their lives helped to shape the nation. You don’t need to have seen the smash hit musical Hamilton to enjoy this, but if you have, it will bring the history behind the show alive!

Hamilton Reservation Form (PDF)


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.