Support literacy and connection

When you give locally, you choose to share a gift that nurtures ideas and spreads knowledge in and around Oak Park. You support the freedom to read, to learn, and to grow. Your local loyalty and generosity help a 113-year-old institution, dedicated to literacy and community connection, continue to be free and accessible to all. All donations are tax deductible.

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Gift options

  • Give in person at any library location.
  • Give securely online through E-Pay, the Illinois State Treasurer's office.
  • Give through the following dedicated funds managed by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.
    • Helen M. Harrison Endowed Book Fund: Established by long-time library loyalist Helen Harrison for new books and materials. Give now >
    • Fallon Family Fund: Helping deliver cutting-edge projects and resources for all of our community's children. Give now >
    • Bernard and Cecilia Sinkevitch Fund: Ongoing support for building collections. Give now >
    • Scoville-Hutchinson Library Fund: Scholarship support for professional development, helping library employees earn a Master of Library Science degree. Give now >
    • Oak Park Public Library Capital Fund: For building and capital needs. Since July 2011 includes the Ina Ostertag Scholarship Fund, which honors a former library trustee. Give now >
    • H. Spencer Green Trust: An unrestricted fund bringing special projects to our community. Give now >
    • Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Fund: Ongoing support for building community bridges. Give now >
  • Honor loved ones and personal milestones with a bookplate: Remember loved ones, long-time neighbors, and friends. Honor milestones including birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. By making a gift, you can choose a subject area and name who you are honoring on a bookplate. Contact us now >

Materials donations

  • Donated materials, including books, movies and music in sellable condition, are accepted anytime of the year at the Main Library for sale at the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Annual Book Fair.
  • During open hours, bring materials to any service desk.
  • You can also call ahead to have us meet you outside or in the parking garage to help you bring in your materials.
  • All donations are tax deductible.
  • Not accepted: magazines, textbooks, and condensed texts (such as Reader's Digest).

Learn more

To learn more about how you can make a difference and keep Oak Park’s center of information, local history, and civic engagement strong, contact Executive Director David J. Seleb (d.seleb@oppl.org708.697.6911) or Deputy Director Jim Madigan (,708.697.6909).