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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!

2016 Special Friends' Programs

Our programs are open to all. Flyers for the events, complete with sign-up forms, are located outside the Used Book Store with specific information and instructions. Still have a question? Call 847-998-1514, leave a voicemail, clearly leaving your name (spell) and telephone number (repeat each to ensure clarity), add your question, and your call will be returned.

Monday, November 14, 7 PM
Glenview Library Community Room

This event is brought to you FREE of charge by proceeds from Used Book Store sales. Seating is limited to 180 guests. Everyone must be registered in advance. Children in middle school and high school are encouraged to attend to learn more about this scientific field. Dr. Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago is the most well-known paleontologist of our time. Dr. Sereno is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He will talk about the biggest predators on Earth, including his own dinosaur discoveries. Following this fascinating presentation, Dr. Sereno will answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.


Details available here (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.