Donation acceptance is currently paused. Please call the library for alternative locations to donate items.*

*Though donations are not being accepted at this time, Donation Guidelines have been retained below for your reference.



Donation Guidelines


Thank you for considering the Friends of the Fox Lake District Library for your book & media donations.

Bring small donations directly to the Circulation Desk. Large donations (more than 2 boxes) are only accepted at our Receiving Dock located near the Drive-thru Book-drop (just off Grand Ave.). Please call ahead if you need assistance: 847-587-0198.

If you would like a receipt for your donation for tax purposes, please ask a library staff member at the Circulation Desk.

Please do not put donations in the library's walk-in or drive-thru book-drops.


Items Not Accepted For Donation

  • Textbooks, Time Life Books, Encyclopedias, and Yearbooks

  • VHS Tapes, Cassette Tapes, Vinyl Records

  • Magazines

  • Bibles

  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books

  • Medical, Law, Business, Financial, Tax Reference Journals & Books

  • Computer Books Older Than 2 Years

  • Books that are moldy, dirty, water-damaged, have stains or broken spines, are discolored or defaced in any way, or show signs of insect or rodent infestation, pet & cigarette odor

If the Friends cannot sell such items, the library has to pay to dispose of them. As you are gathering your donations, please remember that we can only accept those items that are able to be resold.