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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Oak Park Library is a non-profit organization developed to help fund the Oak Park Public Library's programs and services. The Friends of the Library wants you to join us as our partner. We are members of the community who volunteer our time and effort to provide support to the library for educational programs, physical improvements in our library, and to encourage the overall enjoyment of reading.

The Friends of the Library was founded in the mid-1950s prior to the opening of the Library in June 1958. Its purpose was to provide "support of the library, broader understanding of what the library offers, and wider use of the library by more people." Volunteers went door-to-door soliciting members, money, and materials. Through their efforts, over $24,000 was raised to provide funding for most of the library's furniture and equipment.

The group now has more than 200 members who raise money through their dues, donations, and book sales. Since 1992, the Friends of the Library have given over $50,000 to the Library that has been used to fund a wide variety of programs, purchase items for the library, and to encourage the overall enjoyment of reading!

All that we provide to the Library and its patrons is at no cost to the taxpayers of Oak Park. The Friends of the Library need your support and many new members to achieve our goals! Thank you in advance for your membership participation!


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We meet the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm in Room 4 of the Community Center (except July and August). To become a member of Friends of the Library, please download a copy of the Membership Application, fill it up, and drop it off at the Library during regular business hours.