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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to the support of the Library.  Through an annual membership drive and several large book sales, the Friends raise money for special programs, collections and services that enhance the Library and benefit the community.  Each year the Friends contribute more than $15,000 to the Library.

In 2019, funds raised will benefit several areas of the Library. Money raised provides prizes for adult, teen, and children reading clubs; allows for the purchase licenses for feature and classic films that are shown free throughout the year; funds the book discussion groups picnic; sponsors the ScribbleMonster concert; and purchased the playhouse for the Children's Early Literacy Play Area.  

Contact the Friends of the Park Ridge Library at


Help Us Help the Library


Mark Your Calendar for the Spring Book Sale

Come join us for great bargains on books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and more. We offer recent bestselling novels and thrillers, children’s books, cookbooks to tempt all appetites, and gorgeous art and coffee table books. DVDs run the gamut from feature films and TV series to exercise, travel, and kid’s entertainment. Other offerings include history, humor, self-help, classic literature, biography, and graphic novels. In addition, quilted bookmarks make a great gift!

Friday, May 1, 4-7 p.m.: Exclusive Friends members’ preview

Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Open sale

Sunday, May 3, 12-2 p.m.: Half-price sale

We will not be accepting donations for the Spring Book Sale until January 2020.
Thank you for your interest!

Please note, we cannot accept the following materials: 

  • Textbooks;
  • Condensed books;
  • Old magazines;
  • VHS tapes;
  • Travel books published prior to 2005;
  • Encyclopedia sets or single books of a set; and
  • Damaged books.


book_nook_shelfShop the Book Nook!

If you just can’t wait for the next big sale, visit the Friends’ Book Nook on the second floor of the library outside of the Quiet Reading Room. The shelves are restocked every week with new books, DVDs audiobooks and magazines available at bargain prices.






amazon-smile-530x325Support Us While You Shop

Do you shop regularly on Amazon? Did you know that 0.5% of most of your shopping now can support the Friends at no cost to you? There are two ways you can access AmazonSmile:

Use the Friends' unique AmazonSmile link at; or  

Type in on the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

Bookmarking the Friends link or can make it easy to return and shop again. On your first visit to, simply select Friends of the Park Ridge Library from the list of charitable organizations before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.