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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. They support the library by raising funds to help pay for programs, materials, and services. Since 2002, the Friends have contributed about $76,000 to the library for many programs, including the popular adult and children’s reading programs, Book Babies, and the World of Books.

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How to Become a Friend or Renew Your Membership

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

1. Online Registration

If you have questions about your membership, contact Deborah Booth, [email protected]

2. Mail Your Membership 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.

Meetings and Minutes

The Friends meet in the Bilder Family Meeting Room 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).  All members are welcome to attend meetings.

Read past meeting minutes from the Friends of the Library.

The Friends Book Sale

The Friends book sales have become a popular community tradition. Held several times a year, the sales feature great prices on thousands of used books, music, audio books, CDs, and DVDs. The items are donated by members of the community; shoppers will find a fresh supply of materials at every sale.

The lower level of the library is filled with children’s and young adult books, as well as books on travel, gardening, decorating, fiction, art, mysteries, westerns, science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, history, memoir, biography, science, nature, religion and philosophy, humor, self-help, sports, and animals.

Check out the used books located year round on the shelves in the lower level hallway near the stairs. A price list is posted near the shelves. Please drop your payment into the slot in the Friends Room (opposite the shelves).

For more information, please email [email protected] or call (815) 756-9568, ext. 1030.

2022 Book Sale Schedule

  • March 4-6
  • June 24-26
  • October 14-16

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

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How to Donate Items for the Book Sales

The Friends accepts donations of gently used, clean books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, and jigsaw puzzles throughout the year. (Occasional exceptions are the month before the sale.) Bring your items to the main circulation desk. Encyclopedias, textbooks, 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

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

  • Sue Doubler, President
  • Donna Gable, Treasurer
  • Deborah Booth, Secretary

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