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Bernie's Book Bank

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Nothing makes us happier than to see a child happy to receive his or her new books.

Bernie's Book Bank is looking for volunteers that wants a hands-on opportunity to impact the literacy crisis in Chicagoland.

We rely 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 individuals as well as groups of any size to spend their community service hours preparing books for distribution to the at-risk children we serve. Visit our website to sign up for one of our 18 weekly volunteer sessions:

Questions? Visit our FAQ page

Contact Bernie's Book Bank by phone at 847-780-7323 or email at

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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 360,000 children in Chicago and its suburbs. Each child we serve receives 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 17 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.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


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Bernie's Book Bank917 North Shore DriveLake Bluff, IL 60044




  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
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  • Between 90 minutes and 2 hours
  • We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities!

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