Waukegan Public Library Foundation

The Waukegan Public Library Foundation, established in 1986, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which encourages voluntary financial support for the Waukegan Public Library. This support will be used to help meet both the present and future needs of the patrons of the Waukegan Public Library.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Waukegan Public Library.

The purposes of the Foundation include focusing public attention on library services, facilities and needs in the Waukegan area; to stimulate and encourage the gifts of funds, books, desirable collections, endowments and bequests to the library; and to receive, hold, manage, use and dispose of funds and properties of all kinds, whether given absolutely or in trust, for the benefit of the Waukegan Public Library.

The Foundation represents the dreams of the future, anticipating the highest level of service the Waukegan Public Library can provide. Tax dollars provide a good library; gifts make it an excellent library. Let us know how you would like to assist. Please contact the Executive Director Tiffany Verzani, 847-775-2581.

Light It Up Blue: Autism Awareness Fundraiser

Thank you so much to everyone who attend the Library Foundation’s Light It Up Blue Autism Awareness Fundraiser. Foundation President Loretta Pable and host Diana Baerga and library staff were thrilled to see residents, friends, neighbors, advocates, students, and elected officials come together to share their stories and recommit ourselves to our community’s core values of equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all. All donations at this event and through April will support the development of the new accessibility collection, allow us to provide more adaptive technology options, and create new sensory-friendly spaces.

Thank you again to all our sponsors, volunteers, and attendees for your kindness, generosity, and hard work. You helped make this event such a huge success!

C.Y.O.C. Create Your Own Cheesecake and Cheesesteak, South Park International, Gina Roberts, Charlotte Wozniak “Candy”, Roberto’s Auto Shop “Candy”, Linda Crum “Candy”, Quick Stop, Waukegan Liquor, Armanetti Beverage Depot, IPA Imperial, JK Grand Liquors Mart, 5th Ward Alderperson Edith L. Newsome, Tameca Russel, A Place for Children with Autism, Marcus McAllister, Pastor Julie Contreras “United Hope Foundation”, Uline, Tiffany Verzani, Mane Studio, Glen Flora Laundry Mat, Shanda Lezine, A Platform to Heaven (NFP), GBS Mother- Daughter Team at Freedom Realty, Casa de Samuel, Woman United “United Way Lake County”, Great Lakes Credit Union, Cathy Rogers, Linda Verzani, Fade and Shade, Eddie Holler, and Antojitos Tonatico.


Giving to the Foundation

Your gift to the Waukegan Public Library Foundation supports Literacy 2020: our bold strategic direction to measurably impact literacy among WPL patrons by the year 2020. Every dollar donated supports our work to deliver the classes and services necessary to achieve this goal.

For many of our learners, literacy is the difference between an independent and a dependent life. Your gift will bridge that gap for our community. Make your gift by contacting Executive Director Tiffany Verzani at (847) 623-2094, or via email.

Give Today

Your gift to the Waukegan Public Library Foundation will make a difference in the lives of our patrons. We accept donations through PayPal, and you can make a gift of any amount. You can also choose to make a recurring monthly donation which will provide ongoing support for our educational services. Click the red button below to visit our PayPal site and make your gift today.

Donations to the Waukegan Public Library, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, are tax-deductible.

Annual Giving

The Foundation gratefully welcomes recurring annual or monthly gifts and one-time gifts of any amount. Every dollar donated impacts lives through learning because every donation directly supports our essential programs and services. You may set up a recurring gift via PayPal.

Planned Giving

The Waukegan Public Library and the Waukegan Public Library Foundation are honored by your wish to include the Library in your estate planning. A gift to the Library is an enduring legacy of your commitment to bettering our community through literacy.