Donate to the Library

We are accepting a maximum of 20 items per donation drop-off at this time. Please contact Patron Services (formerly Circulation) at 815-485-2605 if you would like to bring in donations.

You can help us provide more programs, services and materials to our community with donations. These funds:

  • Put books, movies and other materials on library shelves
  • Provide learning opportunities for children and adults
  • Increase access to media and technology
  • Enhance library services

To make a contribution, please fill out the Individual Donation Form (PDF) or the Business Donation Form (PDF). You may pay by check or credit card. Credit card payments can be made at the checkout desk in the Library. Checks should be sent to: New Lenox Public Library District, Attn: Donations, 120 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451. If you have a question about donations, please contact Business Manager Michael Stubler at 815-485-2605 ext. 103 or

There are many ways to donate for individuals and businesses.

Sponsor a Collection

Sponsors will have a new book or DVD dedicated to them, or a person of their choosing, each month (6 or 12 items total, depending on sponsorship).

Individuals: Your donation will include the book or DVD added to the library’s collection, a personalized bookplate with your name or the name of the person of your choosing on the item, and a thank you in our new book or DVD area. Sponsors will receive an email each month with their sponsored title(s).

Businesses: You will receive a bookplate with your name, logo and contact info in the book. In addition, you will receive a thank you each month on the sign we have in our New Book Area with your business name and logo.

Material Type 6 Month Sponsorship Year-Long Sponsorship
Children’s Book $90 $180
Children’s DVD $90 $180
Feature Film $90 $180
General Fiction $120 $240
Mystery $120 $240
Romance $60 $120
Western $120 $240
Non-Fiction $150 $300

Gifts for Friends and Family

Don’t know what to get for someone? Give a gift that will keep on giving. Celebrate a birthday, commemorate an anniversary, or honor a loved one who has passed away with a gift to the library that will be cherished for years to come.

Donate to the library, and we will dedicate your choice of a book, movie or CD in their honor. They’ll receive a special bookplate in the item and also receive a special card from you and the library with the item’s information.

Add to the Digital Media Lab

Our Digital Media Lab happily accepts donations towards new equipment and software. Please specify the Digital Media Lab on your Donation Form.

Gently-Used Books & Materials Donations

We welcome donations of gently used books, audiovisual materials, and puzzles. New Lenox Library and the Friends of the Library will review all material donated and determine whether it should be added to the collection, used in the Friends’ Book Sale, or discarded.

We welcome the following items in good condition:

  • Recent and popular fiction and non-fiction books
  • Art books and cookbooks are particularly desirable
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs and audio books on CD
  • Paperbacks in like-new condition

We do not need:

  • Extra issues or old runs of magazines
  • Textbooks
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • Dated books, particularly computer and medical books
  • Water-damaged or mildewed books
  • Books with missing covers
  • Pamphlets
  • Old encyclopedia sets
  • Cassettes, record albums or VHS tapes

Please bring items to the Receiving Door at the back of the building. Do not put donated items in the book drop. Thank you!

Donations are tax deductible. At your request, library staff can provide you with a letter of receipt that you may fill out for tax purposes. The library staff is not qualified to determine the value of your donation.