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Giving to the Library

A donation to the Park Ridge Public Library speaks volumes about our community and our future.

The Library’s collections are enhanced by donations of materials. Monetary donations support collection growth and improvements which would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.

Opportunities for Donations Include:

  • Monetary Donations
  • Honorary and Memorial Donations

Donations in honor or in memory of a loved one may be designated for the purchase of a specific item OR can be made to the Endowment Fund.

You may suggest specific items, titles, or subjects or Library staff can suggest something appropriate to honor and remember relatives and friends. An acknowledgment of all donations will be sent to both the donor and the family (or other designee) of the person being remembered. Commemorative bookplates listing the donor and the honoree will be placed on all materials purchased.

Endowment Fund donations are placed in a permanent fund. Purchases are made periodically with interest accumulated by the Fund and are identified with a commemorative plate. The names of Endowment Fund donors are recorded in a special registry.

Please print the donation form and submit it to the Library with your donation.

Buy a Brick for the Reading Garden

An engraved brick in our Reading Garden is a perfect way to honor family and friends or to recognize local businesses and organizations. Your purchase of a brick will also help fund special library projects not included in the Library’s regular operating budget.

To purchase a brick, print the order form and submit it to the Library with your payment. For more information or questions, call Ed Tidd at 847-720-3207 or

The reading garden

Planned Gift

Bequests, trusts, and gifts of appreciated assets such as stocks, securities, insurance policies, dividends or property may be donated to the Library. To discuss planned giving opportunities, please contact the Library Director at 847-825-3123.

Book and Media Donations

We will gladly accept donations at the Patron Services desk on the first floor. Materials we accept as donations for the Friends’ Book Sales or Book Nook:

  • Books, DVDs, and CDs in good condition (no stains, broken spines, torn pages, underlining, water damage, or mold) that are not really old
  • Magazines for the Book Nook (dated no older than 2 months for news magazines and no older than 6 months for all others)

Materials we do not accept as donations: Cassette tapes, VHS tapes, Textbooks, or Encyclopedia sets.

Book Club Donations

The Park Ridge Public Library welcomes donations of books and monetary donations for the Library’s “Book Club” collection. This special collection contains multiple copies of popular book discussion titles that local book clubs may reserve and check out.
If your book club members have purchased a book for one of their discussions, please consider donating those copies to our Book Club Collection when you are done with them.

Individual or group donations of funds to help the book club collection grow are always welcome. The average cost of a book discussion set, which includes 10 paperback copies, is around $100.00.

All donations are acknowledged with a bookplate that contains the name of the donor or the name of the book club.

For more information, or to make a donation, please speak with the staff in the Reader Services Department or call 847-825-3280. A wish list of possible titles is available at the Reader Services Desk or email us at

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