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Give Back


The Waukegan Public Library is a tax supported nonprofit organization. Taxes make a good library, donations make it possible to be a great library. Listed below are four ways to give back to your library and community.

Donate Books, Audio Visual and Magazines

The Friends of the Waukegan Public Library accept donations of gently used books, magazines less than 6 months old, CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes to resell in the library in their Used Book Sale area.

Donate Monetary Gifts

A monetary gift to the library allows the library to build and offer special projects designed to meet community needs such as the Early Learning Center and Literacy Suite. Donations can be made to honor a special occasion or cherished memory. Sponsorship opportunities to offset program costs are also available. All contributions are tax deductible. 

Gifts can be made to the Waukegan Public Library and/or the Waukegan Public Library Foundation, a 501(c)3. 

Donate Recyclables

Reduce, reuse, recycle at the library. The library accepts paper, eyeglasses, cell phones and inkjet cartridges for recycling. 

Donate Time and Talent - Volunteer

Waukegan Public Library needs the help of many volunteers to meet the growing and changing needs of our diverse community. Whatever your age and skill level, we need your time and talent.