Volunteer & Donate

Library Volunteers | Donating Items | Donating Funds | Memorial Books | Commemorative Bricks


Item Donation Guidelines

Bloomingdale Public Library will begin accepting item donations on January 10, 2022. Donations may be added to our collection or sold. Due to limited storage space, not all donations are accepted.


  • Hardcover and paperback books in good condition
  • Children’s books
  • DVDs with cases
  • Audiobooks
  • CDs


  • Damaged, dirty, highlighted, or stained books
  • Musty material with mildew or smoke odors – try the sniff test!
  • Books with dust or cobwebs
  • Encyclopedias older than 10 years
  • Textbooks older than 5 years
  • VHS cassette tapes
  • Magazines
  • Record albums and audio cassette tapes

Donations 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 Department at 630-924-2765 and bdlh@mybpl.org.

Donating Funds

Monetary donations are welcome. It is the policy of the Library to expend monetary donations 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.

Memorial Books

In memoriam of a loved one, you may donate towards a book that will be added to the library collection. The book will include a book plate acknowledging your donation and the person, and you are welcome to choose a subject or genre that they enjoyed.

If you would like to make a memorial book donation, please contact Abby Budzynski, the Adult Services Department Head, at (630) 924-2733 or abudzynski@mybpl.org.

Commemorative Brick Program

You are invited to buy a commemorative brick that will be permanently installed in the Bloomingdale Public Library courtyard!

Cost for Bricks

Businesses 8" x 8" - $250.00
Each brick holds up to four lines of type with thirteen characters per line.
Family or group 4" x 8" - $75.00
Each brick holds up to three lines of type with thirteen characters per line.

Engraved letters are filled with a black epoxy for protection from the elements.

Sponsored by The Bloomingdale Business Promotion and Cultural Development Committee

To purchase a brick, please come to the Business Office for an order form. All donations are tax deductible. Make checks payable to "Village of Bloomingdale."

During construction of the Dominic Froio Memorial Garden, all existing memorial bricks were carefully removed from their original locations, stored, and replaced in a new border along the garden. A new map will be created and posted here around October 30, 2021.

For the list of donors in alphabetical order, please click here.