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Bernie's Book Bank

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Collecting books is fun - so is volunteering in our Processing Center!

Bernie's Book Bank relies on thousands of volunteers to sort, sticker and bag collections of books for at-risk children. It's fun, easy, not messy or physically taxing, and very rewarding.

We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities.

We encourage groups of any size to spend their community service hours sorting and bagging books for us. We can schedule groups of all sizes. Just visit our website to sign up for one of our 18 weekly volunteer sessions:

When you volunteer for Bernie's Book Bank, it is our goal to ensure that you receive much MORE than you give.

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About Bernie's Book Bank


917 N Shore Drive, Lake Bluff, IL 60044, US

Mission Statement

Bernie's Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.


Reading is the single most important skill a child needs to learn. Yet studies show that 61% of low-income families don't have any books at all in their homes for their children.

Bernie's Book Bank is the logistical bridge between where books are today, and are no longer being used, to where they are not, but are desperately needed. We do three things exceptionally well: we collect hundreds of thousands of new and gently used books; we process them into collections of six age-appropriate and leveled books; and we deliver them directly into the hands of low-income children who have none of their own.

With a sense of urgency, we've taken the guesswork out of what to do with outgrown children's books.

Bernie's Book Bank is changing that trajectory today for more than 300,000 children in Chicago and its suburbs. Each child we serve receives a minimum of 12 books per year from us. The books are theirs to keep at home forever.

As our community's children's book bank, and a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, we rely on donations of books, volunteers and funding! We have distributed over 14.3 MILLION books since 2009 and are growing rapidly to serve every at-risk child in Chicagoland, and then to expand to other major cities in America.


We'll work with your schedule.


Bernie's Book Bank Processing Center917 North Shore DriveLake Bluff, IL 60044




  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
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  • Between 90 minutes and 2 hours

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