Volunteer & Donate

Library Volunteers | Donating Books & More | Donating Funds


Volunteering at the Bloomingdale Public Library

The Bloomingdale Public Library is not accepting any adult volunteers at this time. If you would like to fill out an application should a volunteer opportunity arise, applications are available in the Business Office.

If you are interested in supporting the Bloomingdale Public Library, we encourage you to consider joining the Friends of the Bloomingdale Public Library. For more information, contact Tim Jarzemsky, Library Director at (630)529-3120.

Teens interested in volunteering can check our Volunteens page.


Guidelines for Donation of Materials

Bloomingdale Public Library gratefully accepts donations that can be added to our collection or sold in the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale. Due to limits in storage space and the potential for damage to the library’s collection, however, not all donations are acceptable. Here are some guidelines to help you when donating:
WE CAN ACCEPT:

  • Fiction or nonfiction hardcovers in good condition
  • Paperbacks in good condition
  • Children’s books
  • Videocassettes and DVDs with cases
  • Audio books
  • CDs

WE CANNOT ACCEPT:

  • Musty material smelling of mildew or smoke – try the sniff test!
  • Water damaged, dirty, highlighted or stained books
  • Books with an accumulation of dust and cobwebs
  • Encyclopedias older than 10 years
  • Textbooks older than 5 years
  • Magazines
  • Record albums

Most donations of like-new, gently used materials are given to the Friends of the Bloomingdale Public Library to help them raise funds for the benefit of the library. Gifts of materials that are accepted by the library become the absolute and unconditional property of the library and cannot be returned to the donor for any reason. Once the library takes possession of an item, the library is free to make all decisions in accordance with its established procedures with respect to the retention, storage, use, and disposition of that item.

Items of local interest should be directed to the Local History Librarian.


Donating Funds

Cash donations are welcomed. It is the policy of the Library to expend the cash on materials, equipment, or a project acceptable to the donor. Other donations such as equipment, stocks, etc. may be accepted, but would be subject to the approval of the Library Director and the Board of Library Trustees.