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Who are the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library?

The Friends believe in the importance of a strong, relevant, and well-funded library. The Friends support the library by raising funds to help pay for programs, materials, and services. Since 2002, the Friends have contributed about $70,000 to the library for many programs, including the popular summer adult and children’s reading programs, Book Babies, and the World of Books.

Benefits of Membership

  • Satisfaction of helping a vital community resource.
  • Invitation to attend monthly meetings (currently on Zoom) to make allocation decisions for library funding and to plan events such as the book sales.
  • An inside look at library happenings from director Emily Faulkner.
  • Opportunities to help with library projects and the Friends book sales.
  • A free book at every Friends book sale.

How to Become a Friend

For as little as $10.00, you can become a Friend! There are now two ways to do this.

You can also become a member of the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library by completing this mail-in form.

Make your check payable to Friends of the DeKalb Public Library, write membership fee in the memo line, and mail to treasurer Donna Gable, 850 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115.

If you have questions about your membership, contact Deborah Booth,

Meetings and Minutes

The Friends meet on the second Monday of the month at 5:00 p.m. (If that date is a holiday, the meeting will be changed to the third Monday.). Currently, meetings are held on Zoom. The Zoom invitation will be sent with the previous month’s minutes the week before a scheduled meeting. All members are welcome to attend meetings.

Read past meeting minutes from the Friends of the Library. 

Book Sale

The Friends book sales are a major source of funding for the library and have become a popular DeKalb tradition. Thousands of gently used books, CDs and DVDs are displayed in the large rooms in the library’s lower level. These popular three-day events attract many in the community.

After a two-year hiatus, the sales are returning in Fall 2021.

Upcoming Sale

October 22-24, 2021

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

NOTE: As of September 13, donations of books and media will not be accepted; please wait until after the sale.

Strict Covid protocols will be enforced during the sale. This includes masking for those over two (regardless of vaccination status) and social distancing.

2022 Book Sale Schedule

March 4-6

June 24-26

October 14-16

Throughout the year, used books are available for purchase on the shelves opposite the Friends Room in the lower level. These books are rotated regularly, so check often. A price list is posted near the shelves; use the slot in the Friends Room for payment.

How to Donate Items for the Book Sales

The Friends accepts donations of gently used, clean books, DVDs, and CDs throughout the year. (Occasional exceptions are the month before the sale.) Bring your items to the main circulation desk. Encyclopedias, textbooks, LPs, videotapes, and magazines are not accepted. Please do not donate books that have been stored in damp conditions. Donations are tax-deductible per IRS 501 (c) (3).

Other Ways to Donate to the Friends

Give DeKalb County

The Friends participate in the Give DeKalb County event organized each May by the DeKalb County Community Foundation through the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnerships. Please donate to the Friends during this one-day event.

Amazon Smile

The Friends participate in the Amazon Smile program, which provides a small donation to an organization. More information about this is available on

Donate Button

Use the button on this page to make a tax deductible donation to the Friends.

Current Officers

  • Alice Hall, President
  • Sue Doubler, Vice President
  • Donna Gable, Treasurer
  • Deborah Booth, Secretary