Friends of Lincoln Library

About the Friends

Friends of Lincoln Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of Springfield’s public library. It was founded in 1946 but reorganized in 1977 to coincide with the opening of the new library building. Friends volunteers gave library tours, held book sales, and hosted special events as part of their mission to foster the library as an active, dynamic, educational, and recreational force in the community.

Today, Friends of Lincoln Library continues to support the library, assist its staff, and encourage reading and library use. Funds from Friends memberships, book sales, and donations are used to enhance the collection, support programs, purchase equipment, and more.

Board Officers

Acting President: Karin Smith

Vice President: Steve Rambach

Treasurer: Nancy Runyan

Become a Friend

Being a Friend is easy! To become a member or make a monetary donation, fill out the membership form and deliver or mail it with your dues to:

Friends of Lincoln Library
326 South 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Checks should be made payable to Friends of Lincoln Library. Call (217) 753-4900, ext. 5602, or email if you need more information.

You can also help support the Friends while you shop online! Use our Amazon Smile site, and Amazon will donate a portion of your qualifying purchase to the Friends.


Many of the items sold during the Friends of Lincoln Library book sales are donations from the community. We thank all our donors for enriching the library's collection and making the sales a success.

If you have books, movies, and music in good condition that you would like to donate, please read the donation guidelines.