Gifts and Donations

Monetary Donations

We accept monetary donations at the Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines Avenue, North Riverside, Illinois 60546. Or donate online here.

Donations of materials

We accept donations of books and other materials during normal business hours at the Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines Avenue in North Riverside. Pickup can be arranged by calling the Library at (708) 447-0869. If requested, the Library will provide an acknowledgement of how many books or other materials were donated. However, we cannot assign a monetary value to any donation. Although books or other materials are occasionally added to the collection, the majority of the donations the Library receives are given to the Friends of the Library for their semiannual used book sales and their perpetual book sale.

Memorial or Honor Books

A thoughtful way to remember someone special is to give a gift in that person’s name to the Library. Whether as a memorial or as a gift to celebrate an important event in someone’s life, your gift to the Library will keep on giving. Not only will it be a lasting tribute but it also will benefit the people of the community. If you would like your donation to be used for a book, you may suggest subject areas of interest to the person being honored. A bookplate will be placed in each book giving the name of the person in whose name or memory the book is being given and the name of the donor. The donor’s name will be withheld upon request. Gifts to the Library are tax deductible and you will be sent an acknowledgement of your gift. The Library also will send an announcement to the person or people you wish to be informed.

Donations in 2013 include:

Dee Somora and Marge Hook, in memory of Vlasta (Pat) Beranek, A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World’s Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor.

Bruce and Marilyn Russell, in memory of Helen B. Russell, Suki and Mirabella, Tea Time with Sophia, Time Out for Sophie, Very Beary Tooth Fairy,  Grace Gold and Glory-My Leap of Faith,  Grumpy Goat, Lamb and the Butterfly and Lucky Ducklings.

Marge and Jim Hook, in memory of Lisa Thomas, Double Feature: A Novel.

Robert J. Lifka, in memory of Shari Bonecutter, Buick: 1946-1960 Photo Archive.

Marilyn Koe and Adrienne and Jennifer Smith and Riley, in memory of Elinore Stirek, The Divinity of Dogs. True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend.

Jean DiMonte,  in memory of Alice Lifka, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (DVD), The Great Gatsby (DVD), The Joy Luck Club (DVD) and North by Northwest (DVD).

North Riverside Library Board, in memory of Walter J. Folz Jr., Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks.

North Riverside Library Board, in memory of Alice Lifka, Dial M for Murder (DVD), The Horse Whisperer (DVD), Laura (DVD) and Moonstruck (DVD).

North Riverside Garden Club, The Midwestern Native Garden and The Ultimate Step-by-Step Kids’ First Gardening Book.

Suzanne Toufar, I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Eat It Anymore.

North Riverside Library Board, in memory of Hugh Hermanek, The Last Battle.

North Riverside Library Board, in recognition of retired Fire Chief Ken Rouleau’s years of service to the Village, Firefighters A to Z, Richard Scarrey’s A Day at the Fire Station and A Day at the Fire Station.

North Riverside Library Board, in recognition of retired Library Clerk Helen Hanzlik’s many years of service to the Library, Coping with Vision Loss, Reader’s Digest Guide to Eye Care and Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss.

Adrienne and Jennifer Smith,  in recognition of John Fukal III’s 102nd birthday, The Doberman Pinscher, Brothers at War, Veganomicon, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants, Cubs on Catalina, The Flavor Bible, Fodor’s U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Journeys of a Lifetime.

Ron and Dolores Gryzlak, in memory of Lillian Breda, One Summer and Better Homes and Gardens Baking.

Download [PDF] Our Memorial and Honor Book submission form.


Making a bequest to the North Riverside Library Foundation in your will allows you to participate in the future of the Library. The Library Foundation is a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Illinois. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is suggested that you consult with your attorney when considering making a bequest.