Notice 8/23/21: Per Cook County Department of Public Health, masks are required for everyone indoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. 
Disposable masks are available at service desks.  If you cannot wear a mask or are not ready to visit at this time,
please use Curbside Pickup, Home Delivery, our Digital Collections, or contact us to see how we can assist you.  Thank you.


Poster that reads "Friends of the Library support your library and your community." Includes photos of Library's Explore-to-Go Kits, butterfly garden, interactive play items for children, and outside seating.Who are the Friends?

We are a group of local folks just like you, who care about helping our community’s library continue to be the outstanding resource for the residents of Elmwood Park and their children.


  • President - Pat Lowry
  • Vice President - vacant
  • Secretary - vacant
  • Treasurer - Carol Zagorski

How long have the Friends been around?

There has been a group of residents involved as volunteers about as long as there has been a library in Elmwood Park.

What do the Friends do?

Our primary purpose is to raise money to enhance library programs and resources. Since 2002 we have raised approximately $30,000 through membership fees and bookcase sales.

Where does the money go?

Money we raise goes to supporting the Library in a variety of ways:

  • Sponsorship of adult and youth programs, including support for genealogy, cooking, floral, health, and antique programs, as well as many performances from children's entertainers. To see a list of Friends-sponsored events, check the Library's online calendar, our newsletter, and in-house signage.
  • Special collections & building items that are not within the annual library budget.  The children's puppet theater, modular children's furniture, Explore-To-Go Science Kits, an outdoor bench and butterfly garden are all recent additions supported by the Friends.
  • Support for special annual events, including Summer Reading, the Fourth of July parade, and the Library's new Club Conti annual fundraiser.

Scholarship application with pen, surrounded by books and notebooks.Friends Annual College Scholarship

Are you graduating high school?  Are you thinking of continuing your schooling?  It can be expensive to do so, but every little bit helps, and the Friends of the Elmwood Park Public Library want to help!

The Friends of the Elmwood Park Public Library offer one $500 scholarship each year (or two depending on financial availability) to an Elmwood Park young adult who will be attending their first year of college or trade school, and has been an active volunteer with the Elmwood Park Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

Interested in applying for next year's scholarship?  Take a look at the general Information Sheet & Application, and let us know if you have any questions. 

Photos of our scholarship recipients, Eileen and Lily.Congratulations to Eileen Rodriguez & Lily Hoveke!

Eileen & Lily are the recipients of the Friends of the Library's 2020 Volunteer Scholarship. Together they have volunteered over 140 hours with the Library and the Friends.

Eileen and Lily helped with the Teen Advisory Board's fundraising efforts as well as assisted in the Kids & Teens department with programming and special projects.

In the fall, Eileen will be attending University of Illinois at Chicago and Lily will be attending Illinois State University. 



What does becoming a member mean?

You can be a passive member of the Friends with your simple $5.00 annual membership donation.

Or you can choose to be more active and involved by attending monthly meetings and/or volunteering to assist with book sales, special events, and other Friends-sponsored programs. Monthly meetings are typically at 2 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. 

How do I become a Friend of the Elmwood Park Public Library?

Just print out the Membership Form and mail it in with your $5.00 donation (or $25.00 for a business membership), or bring it to one of our monthly meetings held the 2nd Monday of every month at 2:00 p.m. (except July and August) in one of the Library's meeting rooms.

If you have any questions please contact the Adult Services desk for more information at 708.395.1217.


Book Sales

Annual Book Sale is Back!

book sale3July 23 & 24 • 10 am - 4 pm • Free entry

The Friends of the Library annual book sale is back!

Come inside and find great deals on hardcover and paperback books, as well as DVDs, CDs, and more:

  • $1.00 Adult Hardcover Fiction
  • $0.50 Adult Paperback Fiction
  • $1.00 Adult Nonfiction
  • $0.50 All Audiovisual/All Ages - movies, music, audiobooks, video games
  • $0.50 Teen and Middle Grade Fiction/Nonfiction
  • $0.25 Kids books Fiction/Nonfiction
  • Starting at $1.00 Graphic Novels

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library, which supports the Library's programs and collections. 


Friends of the Library shelves in library lobby, filled with books for sale.Lobby Sale Shelves

In addition to membership, the Friends raise funds by organizing and maintaining an ongoing book sale in the Library’s lobby. Browse paperbacks, kids books, cookbooks, DVDs, and more. Choose items and simply pay at the donation box. 

In addition to the ongoing sale mentioned above, we occasionally have large and/or pop-up book sale events during the year. Keep your eyes open for announcements of dates and times.

As of February 8, you can once again support the Friends' book sales by donating your new and gently used books to the Library at the dropbox in the lobby.  Please do NOT put them through the library return slots in the front of the building.  Thank you.

Please make sure your donations are clean, dry, and in good condition.  We are not accepting product manuals, textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines.


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