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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.
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, the Used Book Store, and their yearly benefit event. 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!

Preview of the 2016 Special Friends' Programs

Our programs are open to all. Reservations are requested at 847-998-0893.

Tuesday, June 21, 9:30 AM

Join us for a narrated river cruise, plus luncheon in the Tribune Tower. Come see this beautiful city from new vantage points. Depart/return via deluxe motorcoach with return at approximately 2:30 PM.

Details available here (PDF)

Thursday, September 15, 9:30 AM

It's the talented Barbara Rinella, back with a new exciting book dramatization. First, a delightful breakfast at the beautiful Sunset Ridge Country Club, and then Barbara Rinella as ___? Who will she be this time? Come for another magical program by this remarkable woman.

Details available here (PDF)

Wednesday, October 19, 12 PM

Enjoy a delicious luncheon in the Glenview Library Community Room followed by an intriguing talk by Furstenberg's authorized biographer Gioia Diliberto in her new 2015 book about this fashion diva, Diane von Furstenberg: A Life Unwrapped. Her iconic 'wrap' dress, still in stores today!

Details available here (PDF)

Monday Evening, November 14, 7 PM

Mark your calendar NOW! The Friends are bringing the most well-known paleontologist of our time, Dr. Paul Sereno, to Glenview! Move over, T. Rex! Hear about the biggest and baddest predators on Earth, plus his own important discoveries, near and far in this field of endeavor. Our hoped-for audience is Glenview's young people ages 10 and up, and their parents, as we learn what life is like when paleontology is your career choice, and the relevance it has to the present. His presentation: 50 minutes, followed by Q&A, refreshments, and conversation with Dr. Sereno. No charge; reserve now. Dr. Sereno's goal: more young students interested in science. Join us in the Glenview Library Community Room (capacity: 180).

Details available here (PDF)


contact the friends

For more information about programs, membership, or volunteer opportunities:

Stop by the Used Book Store. Open during regular library hours.

Call the Used Book Store at 847-901-5910 or Steve Ellis, President, at 847-729-7263

The Friends of the Glenview Library General Information (PDF).


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.