Thank you for considering Skokie Public Library for your book, movie, and music donations.

Donations in good condition may be dropped off at the West Circulation Desk. Most items will be put into our Used Book Sale or passed on to charity partners. We'll take books, audiobooks, DVDs, Blu-rays, and CDs, with the following exceptions:

Items not accepted

  • Damaged, discolored, smelly, or moldy books
  • Scratched or damaged DVDs, CDs, or audiobooks
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Encyclopedia sets and reference books
  • College textbooks
  • School workbooks or notebooks
  • Personal letters or papers
  • VHS tapes, audio cassettes, or personally made CDs or DVDs
  • Advance reading copies or galleys

Local authors

If you are a Skokie-area writer interested in donating your own book, learn about our services for local authors.

Other organizations

In addition to the library, these area organizations also collect book donations and use them for a good cause.

Bernie’s Book Bank

The Niles Township office is now a permanent collection point for children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank.

5255 Main Street
Skokie, Illinois 60077


Books4Cause is a for-profit social venture that helps fund and support various initiatives locally, nationally and around the world. They accept any CDs, DVDs and books in good condition.

3415 Madison St.
Skokie, IL 60076

Chicago Books to Women in Prison

Chicago Books to Women in Prison takes requests and sends books to women in prison throughout the country. There are some categories of books they are always looking for (dictionaries, GED books, exercise, cooking, law, and trade skills, for example). A complete list of needed books can be found at on their website.

Other donations

For memorial gifts or donations to honor friends and loved ones, please contact our Administration office at 847-673-7774.