Friends Supported Programs

  • One Book, Everyone Reads / Wilmette Reads
  • Summer & Winter Reading Clubs
  • Books for Babies

Friends Give Back

Friends give back to communities in need by sharing excess book donations from Books Down Under. By being bigger than just our community, Friends expands its local footprint and shares the love of reading and books with others who don’t have access to books.

Books have been donated to: the Antioch Public Library FOL, the Evanston Women’s Club (for its children’s gift bags), Humble Designs, Bernie’s Book Bank, A Just Harvest, and the Kids Korner at the Lake County Courthouse.

The Friends have also gifted rare books to Northwestern University Libraries, Pritzker Military Museum and Library, and the Newberry Library.

In 2023, Friends raised $555.45 through a pop-up sale, resident donations, and FOL volunteer donations, for the Friends of the Maui Library to assist its rebuilding efforts after the destructive August wildfires.

Officers of the Friends of the Library 2023-2024

Cecilia Clarke - President

vacant - Secretary

Susan Friedman - Book Room Co-Chair

Liz Allan - Book Room Co-Chair

Susan Morrison - Book Room Vice-Chair


Cindy Levine - Membership Chair

Judy Schnecke - Hospitality Co-Chair

Traci Bernthal - Treasurer

Jennifer Mullman - Marketing Chair

Friends of the Library FY23-24 Meeting Schedule

The Friends of the Library will hold their regular business meetings on the following Wednesdays at 9:15am in the Small Meeting Room on the lower level of the library:

  • October 11, 2023
  • January 10, 2024
  • February 14, 2024
  • March 13, 2024
  • April 10, 2024 (tentative)
  • May 15, 2024

All members and volunteers are welcome to attend.

Books Down Under

Books Down Under is open the following days and times:

Monday          11am-5pm 
Tuesday          9am-5pm
Wednesday   11am-5pm
Thursday        9am-5pm
Friday             11am-5pm
Saturday         9am-4:45pm
Sunday            1pm-4:45pm


Volunteer for Friends

Work at Books Down Under and get involved: fill out a volunteer form and return it to BDU: Bookstore Volunteer Form


Donating to Books Down Under

Drop off donated books to during Library hours in the staff entrance vestibule, located on the northeast side of the building near the Library van parking space. Tax receipts available.


Donation Guidelines

We accept:

  • Gently used books in good condition
  • Fiction or Nonfiction, for adults or children
  • Classics in good condition
  • Recent Best Sellers
  • CDs & DVDs in good working condition
  • Sheet music & LPs

We decline:

  • Books in poor condition
  • Damaged/torn/broken bindings
  • Dirty/moldy/water damaged
  • Highlights, underlining, or markings
  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Dated nonfiction
  • Outdated travel or technology books