Friends of the Waukegan Public Library

The Friends of the Waukegan Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, voluntary organization of community members committed to promoting and sustaining the collection, programs, and services of the Waukegan Public Library. The Friends manage the Library’s Book Sale and use the money they raise to support many activities and programs, like the summer Courtyard Concerts series, books and materials for the Children’s Department, special events, and more.


Please watch our online calendar for the next book and DVD sale! It will feature books for adults and children from every major genre, including; Fiction, Cooking, History, Crafts, Biography, Religion, etc. There will be deals galore!


Joining the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library is a great way to get involved with the Library! We have over 100 members and are always anxious to make new Friends. Membership in the Friends entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Our quarterly newsletter
  • An invitation to our Annual Meeting each April
  • Advance notice of special events
  • Personal satisfaction of supporting a vital community resource

Membership forms are available here, at all book sales, and at the concert series.

Mail your completed form with a check payable to the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library to Friends of the Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan, IL 60085.

For more information, please email


The Friends of the Waukegan Public Library are currently accepting donations of books, audiobooks, and DVDs. Your donations of good quality items will help make the next sale a success and allow the Friends to continue supporting the Library’s work throughout the year.

Donated items are sold by the Friends in sales and on The money earned through these sales is used to fund various library programming and events such as the concert series.  Inquire at the front desk on the main floor about making a donation to the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library.


We are glad to accept donations of the following, for children and adults:

  •  Books in good condition, free of damage, dirt, odor, mold, and markings
  •  DVDs, and Blu-Rays in good condition, free of scratches, and with the original artwork.

We do not accept:

  • Books with water damage, odor, wear or dirt, or mold
  • Books with broken spines, loose pages, or torn covers
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines
  • Audio or VHS cassettes
  • Music CDs

Please take your donations to the Customer Services Desk during open hours.  If you have any questions, please contact the Friends at We welcome large donations from estate sales, downsizing, moving, etc.