Friends of the Library

Kid with wall game
The Hub - Makerspace

Who are the friends?

We are a group of volunteers whose sole purpose is to support the Grayslake Library community.

We respond to requests of the library staff by supplementing library needs. Our volunteer time is devoted to the collection, sorting, and sale of donated books and audiovisual materials. We conduct a year-round lobby sale and occasional special sales. Check for signs in the hall and a notice on this page.

Friends of the Library are always looking for volunteers to help sort donations for our sales. 

Friends of the Library hold meetings three times a year.

Benefits of Working with Friends

  • Enjoy the company of like-minded book and library lovers.
  • Experience the thrill of hunting through tons of donations and finding that special treasure.
  • Earn special sale privileges that apply to working Friends only.

Annual Membership

General - $10.00
Lifetime - $100.00
Donation - The amount of your choice

Friends Newsletter

If you have questions, comments or would like to volunteer, please fill out our form.

Lady reading

Friends Sale Donations

The Friends of the Grayslake Library thank you for your donations! We welcome donated
materials that are in good condition.

However, please note that we do not accept the following:

Cassette tapes (music or audiobook)

VHS tapes

Discards from Grayslake or other libraries



Reader’s Digest Condensed Books

Textbooks over five years old

Any materials that are broken, soiled, moldy, water-damaged, or otherwise not suitable for resale

You may drop off donations at the Circulation Desk to receive a tax receipt. If a receipt is not needed, simply drop materials into the Friends drop slot located across the hall from the Community Room.

Items that cannot be used in the Library collection will be placed in the Friends lobby sales.
Proceeds from sales are used to enrich and support our library community.

Sample of Items Given to the Library by the Friends

Summer Concert Series

Winter Concert Series

The Film Series

Toddler Wall Toys at Circulation

Train Table in Youth Services

Portable Defibrillators

Staff Safety Training

Book Page subscription

Paper Shredder

Office Cabinets

Lego Robotics and BeeBots

CD/DVD Disc Cleaner

Shopping Baskets

Adult Services Book Display


Bulletin Boards

Podium with Microphone

Landscaping at Entrance and Service Door

$70,000 for 2014-2015 renovation