Friends of Lincoln Library

Annual Winter Paperback Sale - January 18, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. (Click for more sale information.)


The Friends of Lincoln Library invite you to join them in supporting Springfield's Public Library. They share a common belief that a good library is extremely important to the intellectual and cultural growth of the community. Members of the Friends work together to help Lincoln Library in a number of ways. Funds raised from annual book sales are given to the library to enhance the collection, support progamsr and purchase equipment. In addition, the Friends provide Dial-A-Story (525-5000) for children. They support the library staff by underwriting the cost of its annual Staff Institute.

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Stuart Shiffman, President
Deborah Berman, Secretary
Nancy Runyan, Treasurer

If you have questions about the Friends of Lincoln Library, phone 217-753-4900 extension 202. 

Donating Books and Other Items

Many of the books and items sold during the Friends of Lincoln Library sales have been donated by individuals and groups in the community. Donated items are not held over between sales. We thank all our donors for enriching the library's collection and making the sales a success.

The library takes donations of good, used books year-round. When making donations please abide by the lists below. If your items cannot be accepted by the library, please be considerate and dispose or recycle them yourself.
(Click here for a recycling guide with locations.) When the library receives unacceptable items, funds that could have been used to enhance the library and its collection must be used to pay the garbage and recycling fees.

If you have a small number of books to donate (no more than 3 bags or boxes), you can drop them in the bin in the lobby. Please do not leave items outside the bin or place them in the book return. If you have a large number of donations, you must call 753-4900, x202, or email, to arrange a drop-off time.

Tax receipts are available at the Circulation Desk. Please note, we will not assign a value to your items.


  • Items in good condition -- clean, dry, mold-free
  • Books with covers
  • Nonfiction -- items published in the last 10 years
  • Audio-books on CD
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs
  • Video Games
  • Magazines -- published in the last year

Unacceptable: (see pictures below)

  • Items that are unhealthy to handle -- dirty, moldy, smelly, burnt, damp, bug-ridden, chewed-on
  • School & College Textbooks
  • Books with missing covers, broken spines, pages torn out
  • Magazines more than one-year-old
  • Encyclopedias
  • Homemade DVDs or CDs
  • VHS tapes
  • Cassette tapes
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Law case, statute and regulation books
  • Nonfiction books published more than 10-years-ago
  • Catalogs
  • Travel guides more than 3 years old
  • Leaving items outside the donation bin or placing them in the book return is unacceptable. If you have a large amount of items, please call 753-4900, x202, for a drop-off time.

Pictures of Unacceptable Items: (Hover over thumbnail for description. Click on thumbnail for larger picture.)
Do Not Leave Outside Donation Bin No Textbooks & Condensed Book No Books with Broken Spines, Torn PagesNo Dirty, Musty BooksNo Dirty BooksNo Dirty, Smelly BooksNo Dirty, Stained BooksNo Damp, Dirty & Smelly BooksNo Books without Covers