Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to provide gifts (programs, materials, equipment, and artwork) for the library. The Friends sponsor four yearly used book sales and maintain a book boutique (located on the first floor) offering used books and magazines for sale throughout the year.

Book Sales

  • Super Spring Sale – Last full weekend in April
  • Summer Back to School Sale – First full weekend in August
  • Fantastic Fall Sale – First full weekend in November
  • Fab Feb Sale – First full weekend in February
Every sale includes a silent auction which runs from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday. A listing of these books can be found in the FOL newsletter.
  1. No electronic devices (e.g., scanners, laptops, cell phones, etc.) will be allowed at the sales. 
  2. No bills over $20 will be accepted. Checks will be accepted.
  3. Book sales take place four times per year in the Hendrickson Meeting Room on the library's second level and in the Cardinal Room on the first level for children's books. Puzzles and games are available at the February and August sales.
  4. Books in the adult sale are sorted by category.
  5. Educators receive a 25% discount with a teacher's ID (unless otherwise noted).
  6. $3 bag sales have been discontinued. 
  7. The Friends offer occasional "Save on Sunday" discounts that are announced here and in the FOL Newsletter.

Book Sale Hours

  6–9 p.m. Members only - Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room 


  9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. - Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room

  Silent Auction, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

  11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. - Hendrickson Room
  11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. - Cardinal Room

Gifts to the Library

To support the goals of the FOL organization, money is raised through four book sales per year. The money is used to pay for programs, materials, equipment, artwork and patron series given from the Friends to the Library. Funding is generally used to provide for short notice needs or needs not satisfied through the Library's budgetary process. Since its inception in 1968, the Friends have provided more than $1.5 million in gifts to the Library.

Book Donations

drop boxA drop-off box for books is conveniently located in the garage level entrance of the library.


Membership in the Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is open to all individuals in agreement with its purposes.

  • Arlington Heights residents and non-residents are welcome.
  • Several membership categories are available: individual, family, patron, life and corporate.
  • All contributions are tax-deductible.
  • The membership year runs from April 1 to March 31.

Complete an online application to join the Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Membership Year

The membership year is April 1–March 31.

Applications processed between November 1 and March 31 will be for the following year which begins the next April 1. Patrons wishing to attend the February Friday night sale, members only portion of the sale will be charged a nominal membership fee.

Become a Member!

Complete an online application or a print application.

Paper applications are also available at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library.

If you are submitting your application on paper, send it along with your membership fee to:

       Friends of the Library
       Arlington Heights Memorial Library
       500 N. Dunton Ave.
       Arlington Heights, IL 60004


Visit the Friends of the Library boutique on the first floor of the library to find used books and magazines.

FOL Newsletters

Friends of the Library

Subscribe to the Friends of the Library newsletter to be reminded about upcoming used book sales and more.

Check out our latest newsletter.

Get reminders about upcoming book sales and FOL events.

Friends-Sponsored Events

Contact the Friends

If you need more information about membership or have other questions, you can contact the Friends at
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