Our Friends Group:

  • Sponsors and provides funding for library programs/events
  • Provides matching funds for grants
  • Provides funds for the purchase of items for the library's collection and computer hardware and software
  • Provides volunteer workers for library events
  • Holds larger and small book sales at library events several times per year

Friend members:

  • Are allowed early admittance to sales and first pick of sale items
  • Meet quarterly to discuss fundraising ideas and set sale/meeting dates
New members are always welcome, come join us!
Friends Application

Donating to the Friends:

  • Due to a staff reorganization of operations, the Library is immediately implementing new procedures concerning donations of books and materials. We will no longer be able to accept large donations beyond one bag or box on weekends or after 7 pm on Monday thru Thursday. A single box or bag may still be brought into the Library any time it is open.
  • Click here to view the Library's Collection Development Policy.
  • Monetary donations in addition to regular membership dues are very welcome. These can be for memorials or any purpose(s) you specify.
  • Endowments and bequests are also very much appreciated
  • Donations are currently being accepted at both Library locations.
  • Items accepted for donation

2019 Officers

President - Dave Hlavac
Vice President - Colleen Robbins
Treasurer - Frankie Overcash
Secretary - Linda Aguilar

For more information on the Friends of the Joliet Public Library, email The Friends of JPL

2019 Meeting Dates

  • January 26, 10 am-12 pm @ Black Road Branch
  • March 9, 10 am-12 pm @ Ottawa Street Branch
  • September 21, 10 am-12 pm @ Black Road Branch
  • November 9, 10 am-12 pm @ Ottawa Street Branch

Meeting Minutes

Upcoming Events

  • April 7-9: Spring Book Sale @ Ottawa Street Branch

  • June 1: Star Wars Day Sale @ Ottawa Street Branch

  • August 3: Kidsfest @ Ottawa Street Branch

  • October 4-6 Fall Book Sale @ Black Road Branch:

  • Friday, October 4
    4-8 pm: Friends Only Pre-Sale

    Saturday, October 5
    9 am-4 pm: Book Sale

    Sunday, October 6
    1-3 pm: Bag Sale

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 Items accepted for donation

Books that are especially saleable
  • Art, photography, cooking, gardening, sewing and craft books
  • Rare books, brand new books, signed books and special books
  • Collectible books, especially those that are uncommon, clean, unmarked, whole and complete.
  • Antique or collectible books, regardless of condition, including first editions and autographed copies
  • Hard cover fiction and non-fiction
  • Children's fiction and non-fiction books
  • Paperback fiction and non-fiction (please no romance, such as Harlequin)
  • Comic books (must be complete)
  • Computer/software manuals less than 5 yrs. old
  • High school and college textbooks less than 10 yrs. old (without excessive handwriting or highlighting)
  • Encyclopedias less than 10 yrs. old
  • Local high school/college year books
  • Local church directories and cookbooks
CDs and DVDs
  • Music CDs, all languages, all types of music
  • Commercially recorded Videos, CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks and Cassettes
  • Children's videos, DVDs, games and puzzles





All items accepted may be new or used, but must be in GOOD condition.

Other items
  • Unopened packages of greeting cards/stationary in good condition
  • Music scores/sheet music
  • Foreign language and current ESL materials
  • Plays/scripts
  • Craft supplies in good usable condition
  • Art prints and posters
  • Craft/sewing/crocheting/ knitting instruction sheets
  • Computer software and console games (no more than 3 years old)
  • Vintage posters, photos, artwork, postcards
  • Travel brochures (less than 3 years)
  • Maps, menus and other printed material (especially of local interest)
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