Shop Friends 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¢. Proceeds are used to support Library programs, patron services, and staff initiatives. 

Shop Friends Book Trolleys

Can’t wait until our next sale? The Friends offer books and other items for sale on an ongoing basis through our self-service book trolleys. There are two adult trolleys located on the second floor next to Elevator A and two more new trolley shelves nearby. Our children’s trolley is located on the first floor near the Youth Services desk. 

Adult Trolleys, Second Floor Elevator

Children’s Trolley, First Floor Youth Services Desk

All items are individually priced. You make a purchase by putting your payment in the lockbox attached to the shelf. The trolleys are restocked on a regular basis, so be sure to take a peek every time you visit the library.

The new adult trolley shelves are stocked with a large assortment of adult and children's holiday-themed items, as well as a variety of year-round, gift-quality books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles. Get you holiday shopping done early while supporting the Friends! 

New Adult Trolley Shelves, Near Second Floor Elevator

Donate Books and Other Items

The Friends welcomes donations of books, movies, music, audiobooks, 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 so the Library can help accommodate the drop-off of these 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.