Friends of the Library

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Who are the Riverside Friends of the Library?


We are a volunteer group of local residents working to support our fabulous Riverside Public Library through donations, program sponsorship, community outreach, volunteering, and fundraising.

The Riverside chapter started in 1931 as a social and volunteer organization and is one of the oldest Friends groups in Illinois. Since its founding, the chapter has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, hosted and sponsored thousands of events, and volunteered countless hours for the library and community.

Major projects include raising funds for the Open Door campaign to improve access throughout the building and to purchase new bookshelves for the adult collection.

The Riverside Friends of the Library meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Questions? Email:

Please join us to get involved!

Become a Member
or Donate

Become a Friends Volunteer


Help at events or at the Farmer's Market table. Contact:



Your donation is tax deductible to the extent provided by law. The Riverside Friends of the Library is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Please check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift donation.

Riverside Friends of the Library Board & Officers 2022

Lindsay Morrison – President
Sarah Nielsen – Vice President – Special Events
Cristin Evans – Vice President Membership
Laura Rubio – Treasurer
Amy Jacksic – Secretary
Ruth Julian – Book Sale Room Coordinator
Nancy Morgan – Member at Large
Cyndi Robinson – Member at Large

Friends of the Library Officers 1932 - Present (PDF)

Piles of Books



Other Safe, Secure & Smart Ways to help the Riverside Friends of the Library:




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How do I shop at AmazonSmile?


To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Make sure to choose Riverside Friends of the Library as the charity that you are interested in helping. Then, just shop!

Future Friends: Books for babies

For all new babies in Riverside, the Friends donate a board book to our collection with a commemorative dedication. Request a Newborn book at the CYS desk or online.

Newborn Books