Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization developed to help fund the Oak Park Library programs and services.
The Friends of the Oak Park 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 Oak Park 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 have given over $15,000 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 have provided to the library and its patrons is at no cost to the taxpayers of Oak Park.
Friends need your support and many new members to achieve our goals!
Thank you in advance for your membership participation! We meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in room 4 (except in July and August).
To become a member of Friends of the Library, download a copy of the Membership Application, fill it up and bring it to the front desk of the library.