Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide gifts (programs, materials, equipment and artwork) for the library. The Friends sponsor yearly sales and maintain a book boutique (located on the first floor) offering used books and magazines for sale throughout the year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Friends of the Library contact us at friends@ahml.info.

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Membership

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. Applications processed between November 1 and March 31 will be for the following year which begins the next April 1.

Become a Member

If you prefer, you may submit a paper application. Paper applications are also available at the Checkout Desk on the first floor of the library. Instructions for submitting a paper application are printed on the form.

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Market Sales

  • Saturday, May 15
  • Saturday, June 12
  • Saturday, July 10
  • Saturday, August 14

The Friends of the Library will host outdoor Market sales beginning Saturday, May 15 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., with members getting preferred entrance from 8-9 a.m. These small, “socially distant” sales are held in the library’s underground parking lot, across from the Arlington Heights Farmers Market on Vail Avenue. Face masks are required to enter Friends’ sales.

Market sales will feature a wide variety of items for adults and children including books, DVDs, CDs and more.

The Friends accept cash, checks and PayPal.

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FOL Newsletter

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

Did you misplace your copy of the FOL newsletter? Read it here. (Requires Adobe Reader)

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Friends Book Shop

  • Visit the Friends Book Shop on the first floor of the library to find used books for adults and children, DVDs, CDs, books on CD and magazines. Fiction is alphabetized by author and non-fiction is organized by subject area.
  • Most items are priced $1 for adults, 50 cents for children.
  • Electronic devices (scanners, laptops, cell phones, etc.) are allowed in the library space, including the Friends Book Shop, subject to library policies on such use.
  • Behavior that is disruptive to patrons, creates a mess, or is unlawful is prohibited in the Friends Book Shop.
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Book Donations

Donations by Appointment

The Friends are beginning to accept donations. Due to space limitations, the Friends are taking good quality, sale-worthy items by appointment only. To get on the list, send an email to friends@ahml.info and include your name, email, phone number and information about the items.

Once the Friends begin accepting items without an appointment again, donations can be placed in the drop-off box for books conveniently located in the garage level entrance of the library. Check back here for when that service will resume.

If your organization is interested in receiving free materials, please fill out this form.

The Friends of the Library sell book and audio-visual donations in our book shop and at our market sales. Funds raised by the Friends are used to support library programs, exhibits, equipment, arts and services. Items not sold are either re-donated or recycled. The Friends will consider donation requests from nonprofit organizations and other groups that promote literacy, support education or provide community services. For more information, or to apply to be an approved organization for donations click here.

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Gifts to the Library

Since its inception in 1968, the Friends have provided more than $1.5 million in gifts to the library. Funding is generally used to provide for short notice needs or needs not satisfied through the library's budgetary process. The Friends have paid for programs, materials, equipment, artwork and patron series, which include:

  • Sunday Musicale series
  • DVD shelving units
  • Blu-ray and DVD collection
  • Hendrickson Room audio/video system
  • July 4 parade float and giveaways
  • Holiday lighting
  • Art
  • Sculptures