Friends of the New Lenox Library

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A vital Library and community support

Our fundraising efforts add valuable new materials, equipment and services to the Library every year, such as helping to establish the Digital Media Lab in 2014 (now The Studio) and sponsoring the 18th hole at Ghouls & Golf when it was a fundraiser prior to passing the 2020 Referendum.

Be sure to follow the Friends page on Facebook and join their Facebook Group!

Quickly responding to COVID-19 community needs

We also helped the Library quickly respond to changes due to COVID-19, significantly expanding the number of ebooks accessible to our community, buying gift cards to support local businesses for 2020's Summer Learning Challenge, and purchasing equipment to support virtual meetings.  

A long and storied history

Founded in 1966, The Friends of the New Lenox Library is an independent 501(c)3 supporting the New Lenox Public Library District, helping the Library expand its potential to serve the New Lenox community. Fundraising has included the Book Sale, community cookbook, and mum sale, as well as special events such as the Spring Gala and Community Rummage Sale.

Be Our Friend & Make a Difference

6 Friends of the Library members sitting on an outdoor bench with pots of mums

Are you looking to be more involved in our community? The Friends of the New Lenox Library are always looking for more people interested in joining. This is a great way to get involved with just a little time and effort to commit.

If you are interested in getting involved, email the Friends at or pick a membership application up at the Library. Individual membership is $10 per year, and a family membership is $25 per year.

2024 Meetings

Next Friends Meeting
4th Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
At the Library
(All months except December)

2019–2024 Donations

Ebook expansion during COVID-19 shutdown$5,000.00
2020 Summer Learning gift cards supporting local businesses$1,200.00
Meeting Owl camera for virtual meetings$999.00
Ghouls & Golf sponsorship$1,000.00
Microphone for events$317.69
Take & make wooden signs$221.98
Author's panel discussion$500.00
Teen gaming system$569.00
Poetry & art journal printing$799.00
Medieval Faire$1200.00
Genealogy Day$1500.00
Firewall (technology)$4000.00
Professional Speaker for Customer Service Training (technology)$700.00
Virtual Tour (coming soon)$4000.00