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The Cherry Valley Public Library District offers value to everyone of every age. Behind the scenes, our ongoing progress and success in serving you can, in part, be attributed to your contributions. Many people go above and beyond in ways both large and small to improve the library you use:


Monetary donations and gifts are always welcomed to supplement the Library's budget and your donation is an investment in the community and district which will be used to enhance the Library's collections and services. Financial donations can be made directly to the Cherry Valley Public Library District. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Cherry Valley Public Library District Charitable Fund

Donations may also be sent to the Cherry Valley Public Library District Charitable Fund which is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization, established in 2003 during the Library’s 25th anniversary. This investment account, administered by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (www.cfnil.org) was created to support the library in its mission of providing reading, recreation, and resource services to its public constituency. The fund is currently designated to provide accelerated monetary growth to be used for future library expansion. 

Book & Media Donations

Your donations of good, used books and media (DVDs, music CDs, audio books, etc.) are a valuable resource for the library. Donated materials are sorted and evaluated by staff that determines the eventual status of your gift. Some materials are processed and catalogued for complete access and circulation. Books and materials not selected for inclusion in the collection are given to the Friends of the Cherry Valley Public Library District for their semi-annual book sales and ongoing foyer book sales. The money collected from the book sales is donated to the library to be used for buying new materials, equipment, and/or furnishings as well as funding programs above and beyond what your tax dollars provide. View book donation guidelines. Donations are accepted during library open hours. Donated materials may be eligible for a federal tax deduction. Find out more about our donation guidelines

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Cherry Valley Public Library District have been supporting the library even before its beginning as a department of the village in a downtown storefront in 1978. Subsequently, the Friends were instrumental in advocating for an expanded facility, the present library building your enjoy constructed in 1989. These days, the Friends exist as an auxiliary of the library. Their primary source of income are book sales, the semi-annual events in September and March, the Children & Teens’ book sale in June, and the ongoing foyer book sales during regular library hours. Besides books, these sales often offer videos, DVDs, LP records, cassettes, audiobooks, and collectable magazines. From the proceeds earned throughout the year, the Friends generously pledge money to the library for additional books, materials, equipment, furnishings, and programs beyond that which is provided by tax dollars. Learn more about the Friends of the Library


Memorial and honorarium books are ways to remember someone special. These books may be in memory of a deceased loved one, or they may celebrate a special event such as the birth of a child, a birthday, or an anniversary. Your donation is used to purchase a book or collection of books or media that then becomes a part of the Library's collection. The book will bear a specialized bookplate memorializing or honoring the person you choose. View recent memorials. To request such a book, fill out the Memorial brochure form. Return the form to the library in person or by emailing the attachment to cvlib@cherryvalley.lib.il.us. You will be contacted by staff shortly thereafter. View our memorials brochure


Volunteering your time is another way you can support the Library. Volunteer hours add value to your library through tasks designed to assist staff and maintain collections. Short term volunteers assist the Friends of the Library with the management of the semi-annual book sales. Regular volunteers commit weekly to various projects under the direction of library staff. Other volunteer opportunities are designed for teens to fulfill community service hours for their school and church organizations. View the library volunteer application and agreement. To inquire about current volunteer opportunities at the library, fill out the volunteer application and bring it to the library. You will be contacted by library staff about current volunteer opportunities.

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