Give to empower every voice in our community

Donations of books on hold

The Friends’ Annual Book Fair is canceled for summer 2021, and we are not accepting donations of books, movies, and music. Find other local organizations accepting book donations »

When you choose to give locally, you support work that strives to empower every voice in our community. You support the freedom to read, to learn, and to grow. And you help make our community stronger with more meaningful connections.

Children playing with caregivers

When giving to your local library, you invest in foundational resources, services, and spaces that support a unique quality of life in Oak Park. You support work dedicated to literacy, education, diversity, inclusion, equity, health, safety, and affordability. You also choose to help connect people and community, to educate global citizens, and to sustain, share, and respect our community’s resources.

Monetary donations are tax deductible 

Read below for ways you can make Oak Park’s center of information, civic engagement, and local history stronger, or contact Executive Director David J. Seleb (davids@dev.oppl.org708.697.6911). 

Donate online to a dedicated endowment fund

Endowment funds, by their nature, are often described as an “investment in the future.” The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation currently manages eight library endowment funds.

Jim Madigan leading a book discussion outside in Oak Park

Jim Madigan Oak Park Public Library Staff Education Fund

Help provide resources for the educational advancement of library staff, in honor of Jim’s 25 years at the library.

Dad and son reading together at Maze Branch

Bernard and Cecilia Sinkevitch Fund

Provide ongoing support for building collections. 

Children listening to a storytime from the Book Bike in the park

Fallon Family Fund

Deliver cutting-edge resources for our community’s children. Initiatives financed with proceeds: the Book Bike and lactation suite.

People visiting the Friends of the Library tent

Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Fund

Offer ongoing support for building community bridges. Learn more about our Friends » 

People walking in Scoville Park

H. Spencer Green Trust

This unrestricted fund brings special projects to our community. 

A girl and a woman reading on the couches at the library

Helen M. Harrison Endowed Book Fund

Established by long-time library loyalist Helen Harrison for new books and materials. 

Main Library third floor

Oak Park Public Library Capital Fund

Support capital needs. since July 2011, includes the Ina Ostertag Scholarship Fund, which honors a former library trustee. 

A library assistant checking out books

Scoville-Hutchinson Library Fund

Help library employees earn a Master’s of Library Science degree through this scholarship.

Honor loved ones through a gift to your library

  • Honor your loved ones and personal milestones with a bookplate. You choose a subject area and share the name who you are honoring. Contact us now »
  • Give any amount at any time in person at any library location.
  • All donations are tax-deductible.

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