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Friends of the Glenview 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!

We invite you to our special 2015 Friends’ programs. Our programs are open to all. Reservations are requested. Questions about programs? Call 847-724-7784.

Wednesday, May 20, 12-5 PM
Travel via deluxe motor coach to explore the vast collections of Barrington’s Sanfilippo Estate. Docent-led guided tours (handicapped-accessible with seating and rest stops all along the way) will take us back in time to the 1800s and early 1900s. The collection and exhibits include antique music boxes, player pianos, calliopes, and theater organs so powerful they shake your seat. We will visit the American Orchestrion Room with the most beautiful Tiffany art glass ever produced, the Music Theater where you will hear a mini-concert by a 1927 Wurlitzer (the world’s largest theater pipe organ), the fully restored and operational Carousel Pavilion, and Henry Ford’s 1881 railroad locomotive. Delicious box lunches and beverages will be distributed at our departure from Glenview, to be enjoyed during the 35-minute ride to our destination, returning to Glenview by 5 PM.

Wednesday, June 17, 12 PM
A festive buffet luncheon in the Glenview Library’s Community Room will be followed at 1 PM with the presentation “Rhododendrons in the Midwest—You can’t grow them here?” by John Golab, President of the Midwest Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. Stunning photographs of this flowering plant in gardens in the Midwest and Illinois will be accompanied by expert tips on how you can grow these beautiful flowering shrubs in your own gardens.

Thursday, September 17, 9:30 AM
It’s the talented Barbara Rinella, back with a new exciting book dramatization. First, at 9:30 AM, enjoy a delightful breakfast at the beautiful North Shore Country Club on Glenview Road. Then! Barbara Rinella as ___? Who will she be this time? Come for another captivating program by this remarkable woman.

Thursday, October 15, 7 PM
Coming to us from The Art Institute of Chicago is popular Adult Education lecturer Lucas Livingston, whose added qualifications for this program are that he “always wears black” and says Halloween is his “favorite time of year.” He will bring Halloween to life with a talk: Things That Go Bump: A Visual Survey of Witchcraft, Demons, and the Occult. Halloween-themed refreshments follow the program in the Library’s Community Room.

… And in November
An evening program for families to be announced.


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.