Donation Policy

The Green Hills Public Library District gratefully accepts unrestricted donations of money, personal property, or real estate for the benefit of the Library as outlined by Illinois Statutes, including Section 30-75 of the Illinois Public Library District Act, 75 ILCS 16/30-75.  Restricted monetary donations may be considered by the Library Board.

The Library will accept donations of books and other materials if the items meet the same standards of selection that apply to regular Library purchases.  The Library reserves the right to decline, utilize, and/or dispose of material donations as it sees fit.

When the Library receives a cash gift for the purchase of materials, whether as a memorial or for another purpose, selection of specific titles will be made solely by Library staff in accordance with the policies and guidelines of the Library.  Monetary donations may be earmarked by the donor for special projects or acquisitions.

Receipts will be issued to donors upon request, however staff do not appraise or provide valuations of non-monetary gifts for tax deduction or other purposes.  The establishment of the gift’s value is the responsibility of the donor with no monetary value given for the donation.

Gifts and memorials donated to the Library will be identified as such.

Alternative Donation Sources

Better World Books
Patrons are welcome to donate unwanted books to the Better World Books bin, located outside of the Library’s entrance at 10331 S. Interlochen Dr., Palos Hills, IL, 60465.  If the bin is full, we kindly ask that you return at another time.  Better World Books is a certified B-Corporation and a for-profit global e-retailer that collects and sells new and used books online matching each purchase with a book donation, Book-for-Book™.

Bernie’s Book Bank
Bernie’s Book Bank is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high quality books to children in need.  There are two drop-off bins in the area:

  • Oak Lawn Bank & Trust: 5300 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, IL 60453
  • Orland Park Bank & Trust: 15330 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL 60462

Thrift and Used Book Stores
There are several local thrift and used book stores which can accept both books and other unwanted media such as DVDs and CDs.

  • The Salvation Army: 9000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, IL 60455.  Books and media cannot have library labels.
  • Goodwill: 7400 W. 159th St., Orland Park, IL 60462
  • Savers: 15625 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60662
  • Neat Repeats: 6602 W. 111th St., Worth, IL 60482.  Books and media cannot have library labels.
  • The Walk-In Closet: 6955 W. 111th St., Worth, IL 60482
  • Pass It On Thrift Center: 5435 W. 127th St., Crestwood, IL 60445
  • Half Price Books: 31 Orland Square Dr., Orland Park, IL 60662.  Books and media cannot have library labels.

Little Free Libraries
Little Free Libraries are neighborhood book exchanges dedicated to promoting greater literacy and providing opportunities to connect with fellow community members through books.  The idea is to take a book and leave a book.  Their capacity is limited to the space available in the container, though they provide a good place to offer books that one wishes to share with others.

  • Green Hills Public Library District at the City of Hickory Hills: 8652 W. 95th St., Hickory Hills, IL 60457
  • Green Hills Public Library District at Krueger Park Recreation Center: 9100 S. 88th Ave., Hickory Hills, IL 60457
  • Sorrick Elementary School: 7825 W. 103rd St., Palos Hills, IL 60465
  • Juniper Bend LF Library: 9259 S. 90th Ave., Hickory Hills, IL 60457
  • Blunk’s Library: 9224 S. 82nd Ave., Hickory Hills, IL 60457
  • Dorn School: 7840 W. 92nd St., Hickory Hills, IL 60457
  • Chicago Ridge Public Library: 10324 Ridgeland Ave., Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
  • Bridgeview Elementary: 7800 Thomas Ave., Bridgeview, IL 60455
  • Alzein Pediatric Associates: 6700 W. 95th St., Suite 250 Oak Lawn, IL 60453