Shop Book Sales

The Friends holds up to five book sales a year. Typical sales involve a large room of individually priced "Better Books", the "Friends Room" where hardcover books are a $1.00 and softcover books are 50¢, and the "25 Cent Room" where all books are 25¢. All proceeds from these sales are used to support Library programs and initiatives. 

Shop Book Trolleys

Can’t wait until our next sale? The Friends offer books for sale on an ongoing basis through our book trolleys. We have two adult trolleys located on the second floor next to Elevator A. Our children’s trolley is located on the first floor near the Youth Services desk. 

The books are individually priced and you make a purchase by putting your payment in the lockbox on the trolley. The trolleys are restocked on a regular basis so be sure to take a peek every time you visit the library.

Adult Trolleys, Second Floor Elevator

Children’s Trolley, First Floor Youth Services Desk

Donate Items

The Friends welcomes donations of books, movies, music, audio books, and games. Donations of these items make up the majority of items sold at Friends book sales and provide the primary source of revenue for the Friends. By donating, you are helping to support Library programs and initiatives and putting books, and other media, back into the community where these items can be enjoyed by others. 

Donations of multiple boxes or bags should be placed in the black bins (not on the floor) outside the Friends Room door. The Friends Room is located next to the elevator, on the Library lower level, just off of the parking garage. Only small donations (one bagful) should be brought into the Library and taken to the Registration or Circulation Desks. Please call the library in advance if you are donating a large number of boxes or bags.

Because the Friends is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your donations are tax-deductible. We can provide a receipt for your donation, but are unable to assist in determining the value of donated items.

Shop AmazonSmile

Do you shop on Amazon? If so, there’s an easy way you can have Amazon donate 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible items to the Friends at no extra cost to you. It’s called AmazonSmile.

To participate, visit AmazonSmile and select the Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library as your charitable organization, then just continue shopping, keeping an eye out for products marked “eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. All Amazon Prime benefits automatically transfer over to AmazonSmile, so make sure you shop through AmazonSmile every time you use Amazon!

Make a Contribution

Support the Friends with a one-time or recurring monetary gift. Click the button below to donate securely, or leave a sealed envelope labeled "Friends" at the Library Registration Desk. The Friends are a 501(c)3 organization so all donations are tax deductible.